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JAN 1938- DEC. 1938 

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Sunday, January 2, 195 8 Fair 

The day dawned bright and fair after the snow storm 
of yesterday. The boys lost no time in getting the new 
snow plough out. They kept it going all day. The plough 
was purchased last year but, due to lack of snow, had done 
nothing until today to earn it's board and keep. 

We had as guests today Mr. and Mrs. Jessie W.Curtis 
of San Bernadino, California . Mr. Curtis is a member of 
the supreme court of California . They came with Professor 
Chadwell of Lexington, Mass. 

Monday, January 5 Fair 

We had guestg today from Philadelphia, Penn. , 
Buffalo, N. Y., Iowa, Toronto, Canada, St. Johns Newfoundland, 
and, of course, Massachusetts. 

Tuesday, January 4- Fair 

Mr. Sam Clarke of New Jersey recently dined with us , 
and when he saw the signature of the Duke of Windsor on the 
bucket, he said the last time he had seen the signature was 
at a golf club in Nottingham, England . He later saw the 
then prince on the course and offered him precedence in 
play, which the prince refused to take. 

We dne sday , Je nuary 5 Fair 

Our guest today, Mr. William S. Eaton of Middleboro, 
Mass., knew the children of Longfellow well, and played 
with them summers on the beach at Nahant ; Mr. Longfellow 
standing guard. Mr. Eaton also told us that he gave the 
new pulpit to Christ Church, Cambridge, Mass., His grand- 
father , Rev, Asa Eaton, was rector of Christ Church for 
twenty seven years , and is said to have started the first 
Sunday School in America. Mr. Eaton enjoyed to the full 
his visit to Wayside, and expressed his joy that the beauties 
of a by-gone period were being preserved. 

Thursday, January 6 Overcast 

We had a visit from Robert Johnson, a graduate of 
the '"ayside Boys School in June, 1937. He has been work- 
ing for a Mr. Wilson who is connected with Babson's Statistics , 
He enjoyed working at Mr. Wilsons summer home, but working 
around a city home he feels is not working toward his 
advancement. He was most enthusiastic about a trip he took 
to Detroit last summer , with his brother , who works in 
the Somerville plant. He had a set of post cards , of 
which he is proud. He particularly called our attention to 
the card in which Mr. Ford is speaking into Mr. Ediaon's ear. 
He said he had a chance to wave to Mr. Ford when in Dearborn . 

Friday, January 7 Heavy rain 

One of our guests today, 8 student at Amherst 
College , informed us he came to see the bar room , as he is 
remodelling a recreation room in a fraternity house after it. 
He conceived the idea, after seeing a picture of the Wayside 
bar room , in colors, in an architect's magazine , " Early 
American Rooms." 

Saturday, January 8 Brilliant Sunshine 

We have as our guests today Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon 
of Torrington, Conn. He is the Ford dealer there. They 
spent their honeymoon at Wayside , in Mr. Lemon's time, and 
are now here to celebrate a wedding anniversary . 

Mrs. Sheldon told us that her maternal grandmother 
once owned the old Clinton Inn, Greenfield Village, Her 
name wasMrs. Smallidge, and she had the inn when the railroads 
were put through. 



Sunday, January 9, 1938 Pleasant 

We know ;nuch about Mary Sawyer when she was a little girl. 
We know, of course, that she attended our Redstone School. We 
know that she had a pet lsuib. Seldon do we th ; nk of Iwary as a 
grown-up lady. 7<e do not speak of her as rs. Tyler, but as 
Mary Sawyer. We are, nevertheless, very plea?3d to know hiore 
about Mary after she left the little homestead and the Red 1 : tone 
School house in Sterling, Massachusetts. 

Mary married Mr. Colu bus Tyler who was Super 'ntendent of 
the McLean Hospital, in Sou>er\r lie. This was Mary's ho;:e for 
several years. She v. atron In the hdsp tal. While there, 

Mary planted an orange tree, undoubtedly because of her Interest 
in and fondness for nature; perha.s as an attraction and diver- 
sion for the patients. At any rate, the tree grew to be a fairly 
large one. Mary left the hospital; roved to a smaller house and 
took the orange plant i th her. She tended t carefully and it 
became a really large cree; too large for any roo:: n her house. 

ary then returned the plant to- the hospital. The hospital 
moved to Waverly, '-a -sachusetts. The tree was moved, also. To- 
day the tree can be seen in Waverly. it Is of ^ood size; bears fruit 
regularly. At Thanksgiving time oranges are plucked nd glvsn to 
the in-ciates, for th s 's a hospital for the Insane. 

Now we come to the most important part of th s little story. 
Today a iiss E. P. Horseman came to the Inn w J > th an orange, leaves 
and stem foo.': the very tree planted by Mary! At the suggestion of 
Dr. Canavan the orange was presented because of out association w : th 
Mary Sawyer and because of our Redstone School which i ary attended. 
This is an historical event. We are very appreciative. The orange 
is being guarded carefully. Seeds have been taken fro.: it and plant- 
ed in the green house. Thus the perpetual memory of Mary Sawyer 
rests in a s.ui.ple fruit tree. 

Monday, January 10, 1938 Very pleasant 

A guest today was Mr. Fred Keffer of Spokane, Washington, He 
is over 8C years of age. A friend who brought him to the Inn told 
us th~t he is known In the West as the "Father of low-grade copper 
ir.lning". He went west n 1880 and discovered how to smelt ore. He 
war graduated froi.; the 0h.-o State College where he taught checistry 
for a short time. He then went to British Columbia and so th 
Spokane, Washington. 


Tuesday, January 11, 1958 Cloudy 

An announcement In the Boston Herald tells of the death 
recently of irs. George D. Pushee of Weston, Haas. This ...e*ns 
that the owner of the Wayside Inn has pa.:sed away. It is 
the Sp'net mentioned by Longfellow. He says: 
the firelight - - - 
"On the old Spinet's ivory keys 
it played Inaud-'ble L.elod ; es" 

Again in the first Interlude of Part 111 in the Tales, Longfellow 
tells us that the Sicilia n (Lug:. ..ontl) "then went - 

And on the spinet's rattl'ng keys 

Played ttarianina like a breeze 

Fror.i Naples and the Southern seas 

Jerusha Hov^e, the landlord's sister, first owned the Spinet, "t 
was the first spinet : n the town of Sudbury. Guests who ca;:e to 
the Inn a hundred years ago, were thrilled to see a reel piano. 
Jerusha was asked to play upon it. In Harper's Monthly nagazine, 
1880, is an interesting account of Jerusha and her piano. 

"Well do I recall the piles of anisic books that Day upon 
Jerusha 1 s piano in the old inn parlor, handsomely bound with her 
narre outside In gilt letters. And what a i arvel In those days 
was this same instrument t The only one in the town at that time and 
what visitors flocked to see it L 'Ifta'al, ~'ve see Jerushy' s pia nny 
and heerd her play on' t too' was the consecutive ejaculation of every 
gossiping wo:.,an in the town". 

After the dea th of Lyaian Howe, Jerusha' s brother, we find that 
the old spinet was b.d in at the auction by E»i.ory Hunt of So. Sudbury 
whose wife was a descendent of the Howes. It retained ; .n that family 
for r.any yea rs. We have understood that the spinet was given to 
Mrs. Pushee by a member of the Howe family. '.-.3 wonder what w 1] be- 
co. e of it now . 



Wednesday, January 12, 1938 Pleasant 

...r. fteldon Larrabee of Hollywood, California is with us on 
h^3 first visit to the ^nn. He appeared entranced w"th the house 
nd its furnishings. Pie :;.ade himself comfortable on the settle 
'n the Bar-roo.:i and said he wished he could express what the inn 
did to h ; i/! - - perhaps he could best Illustrate what he .eant by 
telling a story about the radio-star Jiss Margaret Speaks. It seems 
that Miss Speaks had boarded a plane for a certain destination. 
The plane was forced down n a fog. She had to continue her journey 
by train, Miss Speaks was very ^npat'ent about the delay and re- 
marked that it would mean the loss of a whole d y. An old Chinaman, 
one of the passengers, quietly asked her what she would have done with 
the day had it not been lost! M iss Speaks could not give an answer. 
She declared that on thinking it over, the day would have been filled 
with meaningless things. Mr. Larrabee felt the sa^e way-as he sat in 
front of our fire - that there are ::;any things of no consequence what- 
ever in the hustle and bustle of life in the 20th century. 

Mr. Larrabee and his companion, r. Edward Nell of New York 
insisted upon having an old kitchen dinner cooked for them. They 
had been out of doors taking pictures all day .and came n irith good 
appetites. They lingered around the Old Kitchen sniff inp the roast- 
ing meat. Judging from their high spirits after the eal we feel 
that the reality equalled the anticipation. 


Thursday, January 13, 1938 10 'riches of snow 

Six of the nicest little girls n the World ca:e to the 
Wayside I nn this afternoon. This seer, s like a rather rash state- 
ment to :<iake. But they were dears. We fell .n love with then. 
and they seeded to fall in love with the Inn. They were 7th grade 
girls and all xeu\ bers of the H-ppy G> Lucky Club of Lexington. 
Four years ago they organized themselves Into a Club and have kept 
it going ever since. Once every month they meet together and have 
arid excellent time. Vie particularly 1'ked a bright eyed Tt^Han 
girl. She was charming in being perfectly natural* She exclaimed: 
"Isn't this a nice time to visit here 'n the Kiddie of the snow!" 
and "I * m going to put this (the Inn) in when I wr'te ray book'. 

Friday, January 14, 1938 Pleasant 

Mr. Bacon, dinner guest this even^ng^told of his visit to 
the Inn in 1909. In the dining room, at the same time, sat Graha: e 
White, popular aeroplane flyer. It seems strange now, but Ir. Bacon 
told us that the guests just stared <*t ..r. White, looked -it him in 
amazement as having been actually flying in the air! 

lir. Hart, dinner guest, introduced his other- in-law, a Mrs. 
Adams. She told us that she came to the Inn exactly 50 years ago in 
a horse and buggy. Drove over from Frai. Ingham w ; th a. fond adr/lrer. 
Mrs. Adams was then 15 years old and she is now a great grandmother. 

Saturday, J nuary 15, 1938 Pleasant 

For readers of the Diary 100 years hence, we wish to explain 
that during .the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt 
a great many new departments have sprung up in the national govern- 
ment. These have become known by their initials only. For instance, 
the National Relief Administration has been called the N.R.A. Thus 
we have the Civilian Conservation Corps known as the C. C. C. This 
is made up of a number of army-like camps, located in various sections 
of the country. These are occupied by "unemployed" men who ere en- 
gaged in re-fore station work and the like. Today the Inn w a" visited 
by a company of C.C.C. men, about 1? in number, who oame in a govern- 
ment truck from a C.C.C. camp in Westboro, Massachusetts. 

'Twas the night before Christmas' 


Sunday, January 1R 


The ti:;.e has co-e when we have put ChrLst::.?s 
things aside. Artificial Christmas trees have 
been packed :n boxes, Santa Claus suits are 
folded up - not to be seen again for another 
year. But the lovely spirit of Christ;. an re- 
gains. The trees and greens are but outward 
Symbols. Inwardly, in our hearts, the message 
of good-will, good cheer, peace on earth and 
service to all mankind, cont nues. 

In the Christmas issue of the Herald is th 
beautiful picture, it : s an old subject; an 
old story, iiay its real meaning go on - 
sweetly, serenely and sincerely through every 
day of this NEfr YEAR. 


Monday, January 17, 1938 Snow- 

Perhaps it is because the hostesses are getting old that 
they like to look ba ck on past events and rein inj see about 
"good old" days at the Wayside Inn! Their "old" days go back 
about 10 years. This afternoon a diary, giving account of 
happenings in the year 19-30, was brought out. Soneone suggested 
that we discover what happened 8 years ago today! The following 
is recorded: 

"Th^s afternoon the Redstone School 
children held a little program in 
the large ball roo.. in observance of the 
Third Anniversary of the opening of the 
school. Miss Hopkins told of the be- 
ginnings of the school and invited all 
former pupils and parents to attend. 
There were other interesting numbers on 
the program and it is uliss Hopkins' wish 
to make this day, each year, a sort of 
re-union day for pupils of the school." 

Tuesday, J nuary 18, 1938 Very cold 

Forty-three pink cheeked, laughing girls p^'led into the 
Bar-room this afternoon. They had just arrived froi the Fram- 
inghai!. Normal School by sleigh. And were they cold! They kept 
on mittens and scarfs and sweaters until they felt "thawed out". 
One young lady took off her heavy shoes and stood before the f^re 
in woolen socked feet. Others danced on their toes and rubbed 
theirtheir hands together, it had token nearly two hours to get 
here. They had to start back soon. There w?s time, however, to 
to through the house. The last we saw of the girls they were 
clamoring into the sleighs; two long, low pungs. The horses were 
anxious to start and with a creaking and crunching of the snow they 
pulled off toward the "h:"ll". 

In the corning, fiaiss De? ille reoorts that she had a good time 
with a class of small children who cae to see the house. They 
were from the Pierce School in Newton. This was a long looked for 
event for the children. 3oi.;e were dressed in Puritan costui e. 
Others sang old songs. An xndian dance wss performed In the Ball- 



Wednesday, January 19, 19§8 


It started last evening; started to get colder. Someone 
said: "Its 10 below zero". Everybody Inside the Inn shwered. 
A few of the men In Dr. Shell ' s group put on hats and rubbers 
and ran to the parking space to war: up motors. And while Dr. 
Shell's group sat comfortably around the fireplace in the old 
kitchen, the theno.eter kept going down lower and lower until 
it got to be 20 below! At midnight It registered 32 at the 
Laboratory over in back of the Inn. .vany ho;.e thermometers reg- 
istered between 10 and 20. The Boston Herald gave the off'c^al 
temperature in Sudbury as 30 below. Anyway it was mighty cold, 
the coldest we have known in some years. We like it. The 
snow is high and white. Icicles hang long and low. Staplng 
feet are heard. We have what is called a good old fashioned New 
England winter. 

Thursday, January 20, 1938 



Last winter there was no winter; 

snow, no cold, no sleigh-ng, no ok ng 3 

noth'ng indicative of Old -an Winter. 


Friday, January 21, 1958 Cloudy 

.iTS. Walter Dean of Dedham, vass. ca e recently and pre- 
sented two pictures for the : nn. One is a perfectly beautiful 
etching of Longfellow by Samuel Lawrence. I'he poet is shown as 
a younger man than in the usual picture with beard. It is 
different from the large picture in the parlor dated I860. Tt 
is not like the engraving of the poet which was done in 1840. 
Ihe etching which Mrs. Dean has presented shows a face of great 
character - strong and firm, kindly end understanding. The 
other picture which has come from i.'rs. Dean is a colored print 
showing the poet seated in front of a fireplace with his sma 11 
daughters gathered around him - grave Alice and laughing Allegra 
and Edith with golden hair. The etch ng has .on interesting 
history. i»rs. Dean's late husband was a well known Boston artist. 
He and his wife came to the Inn frequently In l.r. Lemon's time. 
They spent their honeymoon here and as a wedding gift Ir. Le^on 
presented the etching. He had several of the:.;, Mrs. Dean has 
cherished the picture fondly. She "s now, of course, getting along 
in years and wants to feel that the picture has a permanent and 
appropriate home. 

Saturday, J-nuary 22, 1938 Cloudy and warier 

4th snowfall of the season last 

A list of the ■<■ in'sters coming for the Annual Retreat has 
been received. The Retreat begins toi-orrow. Preparations are 
be ng made a 11 through the house. The peanuts have arrived - a 
large box of non shelled nuts, the gift of - well, we are not 
quite sure which Frater supplies the peanuts. Tomorrow there will 
be some fudge, made by a thoughtful wife. Tt ha^ not been determ'ned 
yet just who enjoys the Retreat .'ore, the inn family or the ministers 
then; selves. 


The Inn as 
it looked when 
the mini sters 

Sunday Jan 23 
19 3 8 


Sunday January 23 - 


- Wednesday January 26 

I. Twilight 

"Nature hath appointed the twilight, as a 
bridge, to pass us out of night into day" 

Dr. Tou.l'.nson has left. This Beans that the 1938 Retreat Is over. 
Dr. Tomlinson has always been the first to co-;:e, the last to leave. He 
never slips. This tradition :;ust be kept. Just so, other traditions of 
the Retreat oust remain. The younger members must cling to the; ; to the 
Fellowship found here. This, we might say, was the principal thei.e of the 
Retreat this year. Next year, it Is possible, a few of the ministers may 
be absent - never" to cone again. Dr. Sykes and Dr. Ha;M.att sa id in no 
uncertain teru-s that they expected this to be their last time. Dr. Ton- 
linson, one of the oldest members hLi.self, said: "I told the boys that 
I didn't want to hear that guff". Yet underneath, everyone seen.ed con- 
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1938 Retreat continued 

scious that this Retreat was a kind of Twilight, the "Id passing on - the 
new coming in. 

Two of the oldest members 

of the Retreat 

Dr. Tomlinson - Worcester, Mass. 

Dr. Albert Hammatt 

Longmeadow, Liassachusetts 

One of the 

youngest - 

Dr. Seth Rogers Brooks 

Iialden, I-.ass. 

In the meetings, as the whole group gathered together, the meaning 
of the Wayside Inn Retreat Fellowship was stressed. It Is a sacred thing. 
Here, as nowhere else, the men can be frank. They can discuss problems of 
any kind, religious or personal. Here they are sure of an understanding 
and sympathetic audience. There Ls nothing like it. Nothing can qu, te 
take the place of the Retreat Fellowship. The men adore Lt, cherish it. 
The Retreat must continue in years to coae and with it the same kind of 
Fellowship. The younger men of the group will carry on. Dr. Hammatt sug- 
gested that the Fellowship was of a larger scope, broader than just to 
include the ministers. He declared that r. Ford, because of his interest 
in entertaining the company, has become a part of ;t. A lso that the 

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1938 Retreat continued 

Inn staff, in preparing and looking forward to the Retreat, has becore 
attached to it. For this reason there is a certain responsibility involved. 

This report is not intended to be of a glum or sad nature. The 
ministers were gay and cheerful. The enjoyment of such a group, one with 
the other, is seldom seen. They are looking ahead, not back. Dr. Tor- 
linson was alone; his Fraters gone. In his usual genial way he told us that 
he expected to find the 7/ayside Inn in Heaven. It would be a kind of 
celestial Wayside Inn where everyone would meet and become members of the 

II. Highlights 

Dr. John S. Lowe is the Universalist minister in Rockland, Maine* 
Last year, at the Retreat, he told us of a plan to give a talk before his 
church people about the Wayside i.nn. This year he reported that the talk, 
with the help of picture post cards , had been a great success; so much 
of a pleasure that he was asked to give the same talk to the Rockland 
Rotary Club. When his parishoners knew that the time for the 1938 Retreat 
was approaching, they quietly solicited a purse for Dr. 'Lowe, Iwenty-five 
people contributed one dollar each. The purse was presented to the minister 
and his wife. Ihe following is taken from the Rockland church bulletin. 

\ , Lows leave for Boston this afternoon, 
Mrs. To"i ^BfT^B^x old friends. Dr. Lowe will be at 
the "Retreat" with old friends at the historic 

Wa roi this evening on to Wednesday noon, No 

association of his life means more to him. He thrives 
on the tonic he gets the rest of the year. One of his 
lifetime friends six week ) was in South Africa on a 

World cruise, He wrote saying; "I shall be home for the 
Retreat. I to see you there. You must come," A 

thing 1 hat gets you, Last Monday a messenger came 

to the door, with a surprise missive, accompanied by 
Something that eased the burden of the trip for the 
minister and his wife. It touched them deeply and made 
tHem realize that however prccions their cherished 
friendships of other days may be< the new friendships 
in Rockland, do not fall into second place. The 

atest reward of a minister's life is the esteem, 
the faith and the love of his people, In ample measure, 
that 1 has been given to Dr. and Mrs, Lowe by 

their people in Rockland, They are truly grateful ._ 

Dr. Lowe beaded when he told us the story. He asked for twenty five 
post cards - to send one to each of the kind parishoners. "Its the least 

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1938 Retreat continued 

I can do" said Dr. Lowe. Dr. Lowe, altho 1 slightly hard of hearing, is 
genuinely interested in everything and in everybody. He lives his belief 
the belief of his church - "the supreme worth of every human beting." 

Dr. John S. Lowe 
Rockland, Maine 

A new member of the Retreat is Rev. Emerson Hugh Lalone. He is young 
and calls himself the Freshman of the group. Rev Lalone is manager of the 
Universalist Publishing House. He has compiled a small booklet which he 
calls "Pioneer Personalities". Ihis incorporates a short biography of 12 
men and women prominent in early Universalist history. In a talk before 
Retreat members, Rev. Lalone summarized the work involved in preparing such 
a book. 

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1938 Retreat continued 

Dr. Roger F. Etz, popular member of the Retreat and Retreat Scribe, 
was formerly the general superintendent of the Universalist fellowship. 
He has resigned to become pastor of the church in Newark, N. J. He told 
us th^t he is glad to have a regular parish again. Me wish Dr. Etz every 
success and feel sure that he will have \t. Last evening he sent a post 
card to a young u.ember of h s congregation who is 111 in bed - and another 
card to a young man who is a bit worried over college entrance board 

An informal 

Dr. Frank 0. Hall 

New York, N. Y. 

Dr. Vincent E. ror.linson 
Worcester, lass 

Dr. Frederick W. Perkins 
Washington, D. C. 

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III. Sidelights 

Dr. Fisher: "H~ve you heard about the young lady who went into a 
library and asked: "Do you have Grace In Salvation?" L'brarifm: "No, 
but we have Ali«e In Wonderland." 

Dr. ToDilinson, Dr. ^cCollester and Dr. Hall all graduated in the 
same class from Tufts College. The year - 1384. 

Dr. VanSchalck sat In front of the Bar-room fire peeling an apple. 
"I like to sit here alone Ln front of the fire. Of course I enjoy 
the company, but when I'd alone I can enjoy the ticking of the old 

Dr. Touillnson has just completed 57 years preach'ng. He retired 
last year frou the Universalist church In Worcester, Iviass. 

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ministers - Rose, Perkins, Kapp, Lalone, Sykes 


L938 Retreat continued 



January 24-25 - 26, 1938 
Prior — Frater E. Dean Ellenwood 

Monday. January 24 

3 P.M. Twilight Hour 

Readings from the Poets 

Gustav H. Leining 

(Each Frater to be prepared to read 

some favorite selection from the 


5-6 P.M. Quiet Hour 

8 P.M) Travel Talk 

Vincent E. Tomlinson 

Tuesday. January 2 5 

9:30 A. II, Business Meeting 

10 A.M. "What Is New in Biblical Research?" 
Lee S. McCollester 

4 P.M. Twilight Hour 

"Some Little Kno*m Universalist 

Emerson Hugh Lai one 

8 P.M. Book Review 

Frederic J. Perkins 

Wednesday, January 2 6 

10 A.M. Upper Room Service 
W. Wallace Rose 


Thursday, January 27, 1938 Pleasant 

A poet once said that after certain people had left a place, it 
was as if they had carried the sunshine away in their pockets. Just 
so, we feel after the Retreat. There is a kind of vacant atmosphere 
about the house. It is dismal and dreary - as if something vital had 
been taken away. 

Friday, January 28, 1938 Cloudy 

There have sprung up in and around Boston several clubs, or- 
ganized for the purpose of studying various phases of early Americana. 
For instance, there is the Rushlight Club and the Early American 
Industries Club and the Wedgwood Club, ttfrs. Charles P. Goreley is the 
able Secretary of the Wedgwood Club. She is probably the best authority 
on Wedgwood in the United States. Recently Mrs. Gorely has given some 
time and thought to the Longfellow jug - made by Josiah Wedgwood and Sons 
in England for Richard Briggs ^n Boston. She would like to know by who m 
the portrait was done which appears on one side of the pitcher. ~t seems 
that Richard Briggs was a china and pottery dealer in Boston for ."any 
years. After Longfellow's publication of "Kermos" the poem about the 
potter, Richard Briggs wanted to commemorate the poem in some suitable way. 
He made a journey to England and personally requested Wedgwood to make up 
a jug. This was done and when Richard Briggs returned fro;; England he 
gave a dinner party in honor of the poet. Each guest was presented with 
one of the Longfello?/ pitchers, in the parlor of the T nn today, can be 
seen one of these famous jugs. It is of a lovely creaj color and on the 
opposite side from the portrait is a verse from "Keramos". 

"Iurn, turn, my wheel 1 . Turn round and round 
Without a pause without a sound: 
So sp'-is the flying world awayi 
Thisclay, well mixed with marl and sand 
Follows the motion of my hand; 
For some must follow and some command, 
Though all are made of clay." 

Saturday, January 29, 1938 Ra^n and warmer 

Miss De. : . ille leaves toiay for a two weeks vacation. This year "t 
will be spent not so far wway fro:, home. Visits w'll be made to relatives 
and friends; some in Connecticut and others here in Massachusetts. ?fe are 
looking forward to the post cards promised. And also we are looking for- 
ward already to the bine when . Lss De: ille will be back. We will miss her 
very much. 


Sunday, Jan 30, 1938 Warmer, pleasant 

We had an agreeable surprise this j orn : ng. The door opened 
and i.n walked Miss Anne Ihorp, grandaughter of Longfellow. She 
wps accompanied by so^e friends - all : n winter sports 
ifiiss Thorp is now living in a house in Sudbury. It Is "down by 
the river", i.iss Thorp took her guests through the Inn. Ihey 
filled their pockets with apples and were soon on their way to 
take a good long walk. 

This afternoon we were agai.n surprised. Ihis time by 
welcoming Lr. Henry V»adsworth Longfellow Dana to the T nn. He 
also brought friends and spent considerable time here In having 
dinner and seeing the house. 

Monday, Jan 31, 1938 Rain 

iJrs. Paul Burrage of Derby Lane, Weston, lunched here with 
three friends today, Mrs. Burrage, it will be remembered, is 
active in the work of the National Farm and Garden Club. 

A very heavy rain storm today is lashing against the panes 
and making small lakes everywhere. The snow is disappearing 
rapidly. We wonder if we will ever see again this Winter a 
picture like the one below - taken after the last snow stora . 



Tuesday, Feb 1, 1938 


The rector of the Episcopal church In Weston, Lass enter- 
t ined ten men, all members of his church, here this evening. 
They enjoyed an Old Kitchen Dinner. The hostess on duty re- 
ported that the meeting seemed to be of a business nature, but 
that the minister failed n his efforts to get the men down to 
business. They were apparently more interested in the juicy roa=5t 
of beef wh ch they were consuming than In church matters. They 
also wanted to hear something about the hou3e. Even though they 

live w r thin fifteen 
been here before. 

liles of the _nn, so:, e of the :uen had never 

Wednesday, Feb 2, 1938 


The youngest member of the Wayside Tnn family is : ; r. Ralph J. 
Sennott, Junior. Eveiy now and then we catch a glimpse of him around 
the inn. It is not more than "catching a glimpse" however, because 
Master Sennott is now v/alklng on h' s two little feet sr.d they carry 
him in many directions. He has a gre^-.t many th'ngs to see and do and 
we th.nk we are fortunate when we can even catch a glimpse of this busy 
little man. 


Thursday, Feb 3, 1938 Pleasant 

The playLng of a spinet wa s hasrd on the Rad>o last Sunday. 
rhis wa • the first time an entire air progra:. had been devoted 
to a A guest reported th .3 as he looked at our dear 
little piano in the Porlor. The spnet was he*;rd over a Nat^on- 
wide hook-up fro:. New York City. 

Friday^ Feb 4, 1938 Pleasant 

Our first sure sign of Sprang outside the Old Kitchen 
window when we see the tiny Snow-drops puchlng their green heads 
up through the earth. Every ye-^r we keep our eyer, open for the 
first sight of the;:.. The one who first discovers the little 
shoots proclaims the news with nuch joy and delight. Ihis year, 
ss Fisher ha"; announced the arrive 1 of the snow-drops. They 
are up about an inch. 

Saturday, Feb 5, 1938 Pleasant 

- ! r. Crehan Is one r>f our old time guests. He used to co 1 e 
ye^rs a^o - about Ihe year 199,4. Lately he ha: i-een co. "ng .ore 
frequently. Ion'ght he sat ; n front of the f're and began to re- 
call the t:;Le when Ijlss Pelton and Irs. B^tker were hnntesse^. He 
spoke particularly of an evening when the air was crisp and cold. 
inside Mr. Crehan found *uch warmth and welcome as he will never 
forget I Saiss Pelton was nak'ng pop-corn balls T n front of the 
open fire. She popped the corn and poured on smooth- brown molasses 
. r. Crehan will never n his life forget that delightful evening. 

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Sunday, February 6, 1938 Pleasant 

The portrait of Longfellow in the lower front hal} is greatly 
admired. It is a large photograph of a painting. A guest told 
.riss Fisher that the original painting was done by Ernest Longfellow, 
the poet's son. This has been confined "n a newspaper -article we 
(found recently. The article was published by the Boston Transcr' :t in 
July, 1922. xt contains our same picture of the poet and informs us 
that it was painte^d by Ernest Longfellow in 1876. Longfellow was, 
at that time, 69 years old. 

Monday, February 7, 1938 Cloudy 

The death of iir. Harvey 3. Firestone early today, recalls to 
mind Mr, Firestone's visit to', the Wayside inn. This was in 1924. He 
was here on August 13th when aar. Ford enterta'ned 3,000 k iddlesex 
County farmers. A local newspaper pictures ..r. Firestone a. ong the 
great crowd of people on that hot August day, with a handkerchief thrown 
over his head "for a sun bonnet", i.r. Edison joined . r. Ford and •• r. Firestone. 
The next day, August 14th, the tJcree ;.en are pictured together on the front 
lawn of the Inn. The paper says that they are taking it easy in preparation 
for a vacation trip through New England. We are very glad to have •. r. Fire- 
stone's signature on the Coolidge Sap Bucket - now hanging 'n the B^r-roo;. 
of the Inn. 

Tuesday, February 8, 1938 Cloudy 

A telephone call ca.e this corning informing us th~t ldred H. 
iv.cAfee, President of Y«"ellesley College would be ai ong those in a party 
having tea here this afternoon. The party arrived. We thought that we had 
spotted Miss ...cAfee. We knew that she was the youngest wc an college 
president in America. But we assumed that she was 'n her txr'rt : es and 

nture looking. lo the contrary. We had picked the wrong person. iss 
McAfee proved to be the i:;ost girlish person in the group. Her face is 
full of color and animation. Her :.:anner is that of a simple, modest girl, 
perhaps ^n her twenties. She lis charming. She graciously registered n 
our special guest book. 

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Wednesday, February 9, 1938 C loudy 

Today we learned a new, modern slang phrase. Its ..leaning is undoubtedly 
derived from an expression used commonly two centuries ago. The modern 
way of saying that a man is tired or worn out is to say that he Is "bushed", 
In the old days when a man, working in the hay field, waa overcome by the 
heat, he was carried to the shade of a bush. Here he laid Myself down to 
coo^l off. Someone gave him a drink of "sw'.tchel". He stayed under the 
bush until revived. His comrades would say: "That 's bushed". Ihis 
old and fitting term is now used, with a new interpretation, by our host 
up-to-date young people. 

Thursday, February 10, 1938 Pleasant 

It has been a comparatively long time since we have entertained 
a very large group. Today a luncheon was served for ICC people. They 
were wives of men attending the convention of the P' "nting and Decorating 
Contractors of America. uieet ngSore being held in Boston. I he ladies 
spent a day of sight-seeing, having co:ie here from Lexingron and Concord. 
One bus broke down en route. This dela^yed the serving of Luncheon and 
made it necessary for the ladies to hurry away after the meal. Y'.e always 
regret a state of affairs such' as this. Under these unfortunate circum- 
stances a visit to the inn cannot be enjoyed to the fullest extent. 

Friday, February 11, 1938 CJoudy 

One unique and interesting feature nbout the d*naer th s evening 
attracted our attention, it was the manner of giving the after-dinner 
speeches and the way in wh ch various members of the Six^th form of St. 
mark's School were introduced to the party. The party was made up of 
about thirty boys from St. marks in Southboro and the : r young lady 
friends - a total of 68. After dinner they sat in their places at table 
and the speeches ran something like this: "Ladies nd Gentlemen"— "Surely 
we must not let the evening pass without introducing our best L*?t : n student 
the popular mr. John Sm ithi" Then John Smith arose and carried on the 
program by introducing another of h s classmates 'n the sa. e manner. n 
this way the girls became aqualnted with the boys with whom they were going 
to dance, later i.n the evening. 


Saturday, February 12, 1938 

Plea sant 

The Boston Transcript this evening tells of a famous old Boston 
in an si on which needs to be preserved and restored. We are interested 
because It is the house which was owned and occupied by Governor 
William Eustis. The Eustis coach, on exhibit in our Gate house, is 
one of the most popular things to see at the Wayside ! nn. any 
prominent antiquarians are speculating over the fate of the house and 
it is hoped th°.t there will be enough organizations and 'ndiv" duals 
interested to have the place restored and possible, i^oved to ajother- 
.iore desirable section of the city. The house now stands in Rw:bury. 
T t is called the Shirley - Eustis . ansion because it was f'rt the hoae 
of Governor Shirley. After 1819 it was the property of Governor East 3, 
At the present time it is but a "shell of colonial grandeur". 

St a! rway 

Shi rley - £u >t : 3 ho- 


WAYSiDE ;nn diari 

Sunday, Feb. 13, 1938 Cloudy 

The above tracing La made fro^. our Register book on this iate. 
_t will give the reader an idea as to the age ?jid character of so: e 
early morning guests. They left South Windsor at 7:30 A.M. They 
arrived here at 9:30, cold and shivering. Scarfs and i^ttens were 
removed. Ten bright little eyes turned fro.i one thing to another. 
Little fingers pointed to this and that. Ihe hostess began her 
story. These dear children looked and listened for one hour and a 

! onday, Feb. 14, 1938 Partly cloudy 

Valentine' s Day 

"The custor" of paying homage to Cupid 
and one's own true love dates back 
to the early Roman days when Valentino 
suffered . artydo' upon the Appian way. 
Legend ha^ it th.-^t v;h"le wa~t'- 
execution he fori el a friendship v, .th 
the blind daughter of his jailer and in 
a message of farewell signed .t, "Fro- 
your Valentine". 

kiss Dekille and Agnes have returned fro r vacation looking p 
cheeked and rested. 


Tuesday, February 15, 1938 Very pleas nb 

Professor Schell's group listened to a talk by r. r isell 

Stearns this evening. He told about his exploration of Northwest Canada, 
It is hard to believe that there are still so.:e parts of Canada where 
the white i"an has never trod. Llr. Stearns showed sore interest 'nr 
pictures. Professor Schell told us that his Idea in bringing a grour 
of men together at the Lnn was to perpetuate the sai e thought that 
Longfellow portrays in the "Tales of a Wayside nn". At ever;/ eet^ng 
Some one person tells a story or tale - usually of his ov.n exoer: enc 
m these days the story Ls generally Illustrated with pictures. 

Wednesday, February 16, 1938 Colder, pleasant 

i'he people of Sudbury are planning to celebrate the 300th 
anniversary of the settle? 1 ent of the town. The town was nettled 
in 1638 and 'ncorporated n 1639. The eve?' 11 be combined, 

however, and the celebraton w 11 take place n 1939. At the 
next town meeting, Suarch 7th, an appropriation will be ade to 
cover expenses of the tercentenary. John Howe, so. et es called the 
n . migrant Ancestor of the Wayside nn" was one of the original 
settlers of Sudbury. 

Thursday, February 17, 1938 Pleasant 

Information about the Keraj os-Longfellow jug 1 ven in a 

recent diary. This is the pitcher which can be seen in the Parlor 
of the Inn. It was made by Josiah Wedgwood & Sons, Eturia, Ingland. 
Another interesting discovery concerning the Longfellow,- Wedgwood 
connection has been hade, in the Wedgwood museun at Eturia can 
be seen a copy of the sixth verse of Longfellow's Psalm of Life. 

"Trust no Future, howe'er pleasant 
Let the deat Past bury its dead 
Act - act in the living Present 
Heart within and God o'erheaat" 

This was presented to Mrs. Francis Wedgwood, wife of the heal of 
the firm in 1857 and written in the poet's own handwriting, in 1867 
Wedgwood made a statuette of "Hiawatha" in recogn't on of the Longfellow 
poej.. Then in 1880 ease the Kera-iios jug, co.:: e:.orating Longfellow's 
poei.; of the potter. See picture next page. 


Longfellow-KeraL o: jug 

Friday, February, 18, 1938 


Dancing classes started today. The teacher Is i»ir. Priest fro 
Stowe, Massachusetts. The Redstone children srA Southwest pupils 
ca^e In the aftemoonj the boys in the even'ng. Not much real dancing 
was done today. The teacher drllxed the children '.n Ball rooi' nanners 
and etiquette. Also ^.n preliminary steps. Lfir. Priest Is a young nan 
in his twenties. He appears to be s erlous and conslencious about 
.flaking a good and proper beginning. He is, himself, a graceful dancer. 
We were fascinated by his manner of walking across the Ball roo. floor. 
It was done with uruch poise, ease and grace. 

Saturday, February, 19, 1938 


Two y ung ladies cai-e from Welle sley College this evening. They 
were charmed with the Inn. They even went outside - in the da rk - to 
see the old sign. In order to do so they had to stand on their toes and 
use a flash light! One of the young ladies was biiss Blythe -orley, 
daughter of Christopher i..orley. Christopher ttorley is the prominent 
writer; author of numerous books and on the editorial staff of several 
large magazines. Ai.iong his books are, Parnassus on Wheels , Where the 
Blue Begins, and Pandora Lifts the Lid. 


Sunday, February 20, 1938 


Mr. Lenox from Washington, D. C. spent a Sunday here about 
a month ago. He liked the Inn and came back the next Sunday. 
iBately we have received some mementoes of his visit. It is 
hardly necessary to say th-^t Ivir. Lenox has chosen the camera for 
his hobby. He hs3 sent us some very unusual pictures of the 
Inn. and the surrounding landscape. A very beautiful gesture on 
the part of our guest. 

I he Foeb' 3 Grana on 

Mr- *^nry Wadsworth Longfellow Dana 
on the ;teps of the Wayside Inn, January 30, 19-^8.. 


fionday, Feb 21, 1938 Cloudy 

Speaking of pictures, we recently sent a picture to Dr. 
Frederick Perkins, one of the r^ost important members of the 
Universalist Retreat. It was a snapshot of Dr. Perkins t.-ken on 
the front step of the Inn during the 1936 Retreat. Tn reply we 
have received the following from Dr. Perkins. 

"I have already crossed off the 23rd, 
24th and 25th of January 1939 from 
my calendar, each a "dies rare est" 
so far as mundane affairs are concerned, 
with a fervent prayer that my record of 
unbroken attendance may be maintained." 

Tuesday, Feb 22, 1938 Pleasant 


It would be appropriate on this day to give a little essay 
on General Washington, to tell of his stop at the Wayside Inn; how 
he shook hands with Colonel Howe, landlord of the Inn and officer 
in charge of Sudbury militiamen in 1775. Time larches On. Wash- 
ington's Birthday is a National Holiday. It has brought r;:ore 
than a hundred guests to the Wayside Inn. Aiiong the;; 1 were the 
custodians of the Paul Revere house in Boston. They reported 
41,000 visitors to that Revolutionary shrine during the past year. 
A lady from England, now living in this country (Label Black Meyers) 
brought the information that she is writing an article about the 
Wayside Inn for an English magazine. Another holiday visitor express- 
ed his appreciation of the preservation of the Inn by asking why we 
tolerate the influx of foreigners to this country who stand on soap 
boxes and denounce American traditions. The Wayside Inn is a great 
monument to Americanism; the kind of Americanism founded by George 
Washington. Our holiday visitor expressed his thanks for the Inn and 
his gratitude to its present landlord. 


Wednesday, February, 23, 1938 Partly cloudy 

Sometime ago, a group of children fro., a prLvite school J n 
Cambridge visited the inn. They were studying Colonial days and ways 
and the Inn gave then, a real treat. Later they wrote to Mr. Ford^ 
each child in the class wrote a personal letter. \ie were told by a 
teacher in the school, who spent the night here recently, that each 
child was ^ore than thrilled when a personal reply was received fro 
Mr. Ford. 

Thursday, February 24, 1936 Partly cloudy 

Our good friends Mr. and tars- Carl Bowker fro... Worcester con- 
tinue to core regularly once a weekj sometimes twice. They are the 
people who always bring an armful of roses In the summertime. They 
bring thee in the winter time, too. Roses, fro.' a green house, which 
they buy on the way to the inn. So etimes - for a change - ..:rs. 
Bowker presents each hostess with a gardenia. This week she sent a 
gardenia to Einma in the Kitchen. Emma was '-ore than oleasad. She 
called up a hearty "thank you" through the Dumb-waiter. Vie all feel 
very grateful to the Bowker s ani wonder if we can ever adequately 
express our thanks. 

Friday, February 25, 1938 Pleasant 

Five girls about 12 to 15 year; of age, made a tour of the Inn 
th's morning. They ca^e with a leader from the Newton Community 

ss Fisher started on her vacation today. She planned to stay 
over tonight in New York, then on to Washington and Charlottesville, 
Virginia; the same route that she followed last year. 

The dancing class tonight proved .iiore lively than the first one 
held last week. The boys entered into a waltz, Barn dance and the 
Duchess. Ihey were also drilled L.ove- *n Ball roo.; manners. 

Saturday, February 26, 1938 CI oudy 

Luigi Monti, Young Sicilian in the Tales of a Wayside T nn, once 
lived in New York. It was after his sojourn In Cambridge where he 
was an instructor in Italian at Harvard. An elderly gentle^ an, r. 
Merrifield, lunched here today. He said that he knew Mr. lonti very 
well when he lived in New York. Ihe Young Sicilian then occupied an 
apartment near the Grand Central Station. Ihe other day we learned 
just where Mr. ...onti lived when he taught at Cambridge. He had roo'is 
in a building where the store of Houghton Dutton ne*7 stands, in Boston, 


Sunday, February 27, 1938 Cloudy 


"Stephen Longfellow and his young wife 
lived for a time in a brick house built by 
General Wadsworth in Portland and still known 
as "the Longfellow house", but it was 
during a .enporary residence of the family 
at the hoite of Saiiuel Stephenson whose wife 
was a sister of Stephen Longfellow that Henry 
Wadsworth Longfellow was born. " 

"Longfellow 1 s forte lay in power of translating, 
adopting, re- stating quaint and picturesque 
legends in nelodlus verse j and this gift 
of his flowers out in all its sunset splendor 
and gorgeousness in the " Tales of a Wayside Inn " 

"In another age or country Longfellow would 
have been laurelled, redalled, or ennobled; but 
he has had wha t his essentially republican spirit 
doubtless preferred, the si. '.pie homage of a 
nation's heart. 

A wreath has been placed on the grave of our 
beloved poet, commemorating his Birthday - - an 
affec tionate tribute to his "Tales of a Wayside 


Monday, February 28 , 1938 Snow - gale 

The Inn has some new arrivals. Twins. They were born In 
the sheep h?rn sometime last n ; ght. Twin, whd te and 
fluffy with long legs and stiff little ears. This is the 
beginning. Thirty are expected dur'ng the nonth of '.arch. 

March is coding in, not like a Lamb, but like a Lion. There 
has been a snow storr.i today with a high w*nd reaching hurricane 

Tuesday, ..arch 1, 1938 Cold 

Co;, ing all the way fro:: Connecticut where wchool ch-'ldren 
are having a weeks vacation, were three adorable children, a 
big, little girl, a little, little girl and a small boy. They 
couldn't wait to be told about thngs, they couldn't take time 
to unfasten their coa ts. Ihey wanted to see everything at once. 
After some persuasion wraps were removed and a hearty lunch 
devoured. Then note books and pencils were brought forth and a 
detailed explanation of all the inn furnishings was g-'ven. Picric 
had been ;nade to go on to Concord and Lexington, but after a visit 
to the i.ary Lai;:b School and the ,'11 it wa s time to turn towards ho. e. 

Wednes day, karch 2, 1938 Very pleasant 

The Gookins will never be forgotten, not in the annals of the 
Wayside Inn. They belong here as much as the sturdy old oaks. 
This is their home. They said so tonight. Ihey spent the day 
salking and lunching and resting as usual. Tonight there was a party 
here. The Gookins were asked to stay. Words cannot ex press just 
what this party iceant to Mr, and Mrs, Gookin. They laughed, they 
beaded, they swa yed with the ^usic. It brought back fond memories. 
Mr. Fltecher's party, bringing 50 people from Stowe and Sudbury, danced 
the old time dances. They danced the Waltz, the Heel and Toe Polka , 
the Sicilian Circle. The Gookins re::e::.bered such t^nes when they were 
young. They stayed on and on. We began to feel concerned a bout 
these old folks getting home to Cambridge in the late night hours. So 
they were inv : ted to stay overnight. ts. Gookin expressed sincere 
appreciation, but she wanted to get hore. We last saw the: er barking 
on the quarter of twelve bus, tired but happy. 


Thursday, inarch 3,1938 Pleasant 

Valentine's day has co; e and gone, not so very long 
ago, so we beg leave to talk about hearts, the syiibol of love 
and affection on the 14th of February. In Colonial Days the heart 
motif wa: used frequently as a decoration on things domestic. 
Foot-stoves were often decorated with a heart and presented to the 
chosen young lady on Valentine's day. A punched tin lantern in our 
Bar-roo^ also boasts a heart design. Another decoration used as 
coEiuonly as the heart, was a sun butst. Phis is seen on numerous 
household utensils of the 17th century. Its significance, as an 
Indian syrcbol is well known, it means "Happiness". At the Inn we 
have the following articles decorated with a Liodified sunburst. 

Footstove Bed waraer 

Spoon-rack Lantern 

Sconce Stoddard glass bottle 

Friday, March 4, 1938 Pleasant 

Two black velvet mittens lay on the Hutch table in the 
Bar-rooiii. Beautiful young ladies sauntered forth in long silk and 
velvet dresses. Young men appeared In tuxedos. This was Senior 
Proui night at IVellesley College. A dozen young people case here for 
dinner. Two or three were drawn near the fireplace in the Old 
K.tchen. A blonde, blue eyed youth listened intently to the hostess . 
He absorbed It all, he liked it, was eager to know ;..ore. The hostess 
explained briefly the history of the house. She told about the 
Roasting Jack, the Betty la^ps, the crude toasters. Then she paused. 
The blue eyed youth spoke. "Gee, he said, this is awfully Interesting, 
these old things are grea t. I thought that Henry Ford had collected 
all the old things in New England and carried then, out to Dearborn. 
I didn't know that there were any left here'. The hostess decided that 
the guest was really serious. She answered quietly? "Well, Ir. Ford 
owns all these things you know, and the house and everything here!" 
The young Ean swooned, "no, not really, he gasped, well, I an sur- 
prised, shy i didn't know, why please pardcn me, why I can hardly 
believe it! I thought all of ...r. Ford's old things were In Dearbornl" 
After dinner when the girls were putting on their w ra ps and mittens 
getting ready to leave, the young man caire back. "Really, he said, I 
feel as if I must apologize again, i'his is delightful, charming. It 
is a wonderful thing for It. 1 ord to do. T hope that 3 can co'.e againl" 


Saturday, ^arch 5, 1938 Snow and rain 

Paul Revere 1 3 print of the Boston dassacre which hangs in 
the Bar-room of thr inn has come into its own today. Today is the 
168th anniversary of the Boston Massacre. Paul Revere was a very 
good printer as well as a great patriot. The combination of the two 
resulted in a picture of the massacre which aroused an intense 
felling of rebellion in many a Colonist's heart. When we mention 
Paul Revere to our guests they think of him only as an equestrian. 
A few know of his work as a Silversmith. Seldom is Paul mentioned a; 
a Lieutenant Colonel of Artillery, as a grocery merchant or p.s a 
dentist. Personally his chsrac tef is one of the most interes ting 
in American history. We are indeed fortunate in having a picture 
struck directly from the press of this illustrious gentleman. 

WAYSIDE :nn d:ary 

Sunday March 6, 1938 Partly cloudy 

We should make mention at least once a yea_r of our reg- 
ular Sunday Breakfast guests, namely, ~:r. Lyman Hooker and i rn. 
Ann Bowers. They cose fro: Fr am Ingham every Sunday morn' ng as 
regularly as the clock goes around. Mr. Hooker is connected 
with the Framingham National Bank. Mrs. Bowers is a young, 
attractive widow. After her husband, who was a promising lawyer 
died, iirs. Bowers studied law and now conducts a law office of 
her own. 

Today is the 50th anniversary of the death of Louisa te. Alcott 
author vf "Little Women" , contempory of Longfellow, her home in 
neighboring Concord. 

Monday, march 7, 1938 Pleasant 

The Old Kitchen was the setting for a dinner party this evening 
und^r the direction of ^rs. Badger of Wellesley. Nine members of 
the Badger family, direct and indirect, had passed birthdays during 
the month of February. This wis the celebration. 'Tho a bit belated 
it was, nevertheless, a jolly event. Mrs. Badger claims descent fro~: 
Thomas Badger, famous Pewter maker, considered 17th best pewterer 
in the World. 

Another dinner party this evening wis attsnded by 33 Sunday School 
teachers of the Baptist church m Worcester. 

Tuesday, hnrch 8, 1938 Pleasant 

An interesting bit of Information has come to light regarding 
the nuir.ber of times Longfellow came to the Wayside Inn. It has been 
recorded that the poet stopped at the Inn in 1826. It was in that year 
that he journeyed fro-i Boston to New York to sail for Europe. Then in 
1861 Longfellow wrote In his dia ry that he rode to Howe's in Sudbury 
with James T. Fields. We have no def inate record that Longfellow cat e 
to the Inn many times or frequently. Now, however, a newspaper has been 
unearthed wh ; ch contains a letter written by a woman who visited Luigi 
Lvionti (Young Sicilian of the Tales of a Wayside Inn) in Rome. She 
describes her visit in some detail. 

"He (Mr, Monti) seeded very pleased and 
interested when I told him my people were 
descenfients of the Howes and that I lived 

cont inued next page 


Tuesday, March 8 continued - 

not far from the Inn. He told us of 
the wonderful days there with Longfellow 
who was a friend of his. He spoke of 
sitting before the huge fireplace with 
the poet and hearing the clock in the hall." 

This statement - that i..r. i'onti spent days at the Inn with 
i.r. Longfellow - nay of octree, be inaccurate. We would rather think that 
it were true. But as we 'read more of this account, we find other 
statements which we know to be Incorrect. Lt Is well, however, to bear 
the above >n Mind and to hunt for something which may prove that the lady 
is right. 

Larch 9, 1938 



;..r. Kerensky premier of the 
Russian provisional government 
in 1917 is in Boston again today, 


Ihe visit of Alexander Kerensky 
to the nn was an inportant event 
Ln ; '«rch 1927. It is remembered that 
mr. Kerensky was a fine appearing 
gentleman, immaculate In his dress, 
serious and ve y much interested in the 
Inn. He registered In our special guest 
book. At that time he was accoftpanied by- 
two gentlemen, one an interpreter. The 
hostess t-'lked to the interpreter, the 
interpreter talked to ^r. Kerensky. When 
the hostess explained the Flint lock 
rusket in the Bar-room -nd said that it 
was carried in the Revolut ■ ohary War, the 
interpreter passed on the nformatlon to 
the Russian gentleman. Then followed many 
words and gesticulations, the interpreter 
seemed to be go":ng on and on. Finally 
there was much laughing. The 'Interpreter 
reported that r. Kerensky understood. He 
knew what the hostess ^ eant when she sa'd 
"Revolution". He told the interpreter not 
to explain; that he did not need to be told; 
thit he knevir the meaning of the word 
^Revolution" in every language under the 



Thursday, March 10, 1938 Partly cloudy 

Recently seen and heard at the "nVayside Lnn 

Guest: "Can we walk around the T nn estate on some of the back 
country roads?" 

Hostess: "Why certainly" 

Guest: ":uy husband has been very sick and needs just such a place 
where he can walk. He wants to core sometime later when 
he can find so^e mushrooms. ushroozis are his profession, 
He can identify and c all by nan>e at least 100 different 
kinds of i..ushroons. 

Hostess to guest: " I don't want to get too near you. T 'r. afraid 

of giving you my Cold!" 

Guest: "Well thanks, but we wouldn't irund. Anything 
froii) the Wayside T nn would be acceptable - 
even a Cold'." 

Seen in the Register Book this week 

Rev. W. A. Petzolot 
Crow ^ndian . : ssion 

Lodge Grass, .ontana 

&drs. C. Jackson, 

Natal, South Africa 

ways:de :nn diary 

Friday, March 11, 1958 


The dancing classes are improving each week. Today the 
children and boys seemed to be getting into the spirit of the 
lessons. Each one appears to be trying his or her best. Sorre, of- 
course, have a better sense of rythm than others. The new teacher, 
Mr. Priest, seems to be creating a feeling of pride the boy?, 
about their dance steps. The boys are known to be practising in odd 
moments during the week. Several times * r. Priest has picked a boy 
froji. the class to help him demonstrate a certain step. 

Six young people from the Harvard . ledical School and Peter Bent 
Brigha.i Hospital partook of an Old K'tchen dinner this evening. After 
dinner they joined :n a waltz with the dancing class. 

Saturday, March 12, 1938 


Another group of six from Harvard enjoyed an Old Kitchen dinner 
this evening. They belong to a Candid Camera Club and w nt to come 
to the Inn again and take some "shots". 

Way side Inn Diary- 

Sunday, March 13, 1938 

Partly cloudy 

Among the many guests who dined here today were several who claimed 
our special attention. They were as follows: 

Professor Damon 

Miss Louise Brooks 

Mr. Pearmain 

Dr. and Mrs. Marsters 

Professor of English and 
dustodian of the Harris 
collection of books at 
Brown University 

Long time friend of the 
Inn. "Discovered" Roland 
Hays - negro singer and 
gave him start on the Concert 

Wayside Inn neighbor 

Well aquainted with the 
Duke and Duchess of Windsor. 
Have entertained them many 

Mrs. Robert L. Stearns 

Edith Stevens 

Ludington, Michigan 
Husband now a patient at 
Ford Hospital, Detroit 

Cartoonist - Creator of 
"Us Girls" pictures which 
appear regularly in the 
Boston Post. 

Monday , Match 14, 1938 

Partly cloudy 

Budding Snow-drops were picked today from the bed of Snow-drops 
under the Old Kitchen window. Two tiny white blossoms were put into 
a little old glass bottle. They are causing much comment from the 
guests. Even a man was intereted! He thought they were very attractive 
and asked their name; where they were grown etc. 

A visit to the Green house has revealed the fact that seven of the 
orange seeds planted from the Mary Sawyer tree, have shown their heads 
above the earth. They are up about an inch above the flower pots. 


J:-:l *. i. 


Tuesday March 15, 1958 Very pleasant 

Mr. E.O. Churchill from the Home Office in Dearborn had 
luncheon here today. He came with Mr. E. D. Connell of the 
Somerville plant. 

Professor Schell*s group mounted up to 18 guests this evening 
the largest number this season. Professor Schelly as has been 
stated before, is a fine host and takes care of the entertainment ol 
his group in an able manner. Every man talks and laughs and 
apparently enjoys himself very much indeed. 

Wednesday March 16, 19S8 Partly cloudy 

There is a small book called "Inspiration and Ideals" by 
Grenville Kleiser. In it one can glean a noble thought for 
every day in the year. Today we turned to the date "Mnrch 
Sixteen". Here we found something of interest to the hostesses. 
Now that our bu3y season is approaching and more and more guests will 
want to know the "story of the house, it is time to brush up on how 
to speak in public. The following, which is well worth remembering, 
was found in this valuable little book. 

"When you speak in public, be thoroughly prepared, begin 
slo?;ly, speak distinctly, proceed logically and end 
promptly. Be modest direct, conversational, sincere, 
earnest and uniformly courteous. Observe your pauses, 
suit the action to the word, look your audience in the 
eyes and make yourself interesting. Speak deliberately, 
be yourself at your best, keep to your subject and the 
facts. Favor the deep tones of your voice and breathe from 
the abdomen. Depend upon the sincerety of your effort 
to drive your thought home. Maintain an attitude of 
uniform mental poise. Lead your audience to a high level 
of thought and purpose. Let the truth and intensity of your 
message carry conviction and persuasion to your hearers." 



Thursday March 17, 1958 Rain 

We had an unexpectedly happy and interesting evening; unexpected 
because of a sleet and slush storm which we thought would prevent any 
guests from coming to the Inn. Instead we were happily surprised in 
greeting several dinner guests - all delightful and charming people. 
First we discovered the som of Henry Van Dyke, the Reverend Tertius Van 
Dyke. He came with his wife and mentioned the fact that his mother used 
to stop here frequently on her way to Maine. We remembered her very well. 
We also remember many of the writings of Henry Van Dyke and spoke of our 
appreciation of them to his son. Henry Van Dyke was at one time 
American minister to She Hague. It was a coincidence that some of our 
other guests this evening came from Holland. This was a delightful 
family group by the name of Van Leer. They gathered neat the fireplaee 
and told us of skating on the Dutch canals. Mr. Van Leer once skated 
from Amsterdam to The Hague via the canals. He told of smoking a long 
stemned clay pipe as he skated. If the pipe was not broken when he 
reached home - then all knew that he had made the jounney in safety! 
The hostess hoped that she could introduce Mr. Van Leer to Mr. Van Dyke 
but this meeting, unfortunately, did not materialize. 

Friday, March 18, 1958 Cloudy 

Thirteen eager little girls - some with "pig tails" others with 
large, stiff hair ribbons and all with bright, shinning eyes - had a 
Birthday party here this evening. It was a great party; great because 
we have hardly ever seen such enthusiasm, such genuine interest and 
pleasure in things old - or more real appetites as were pppeased when 
these young ladies finally emerged from an Old Kitchen dinner. They 
adored every bit of it - the Inn itself, the dinner cooked over the fire, 
the Birthday cake and last of all, the old fashioned dancing. It 
happened to be dancing class night. 

Saturday Mardh 19, 1958 Pleasant 

This was the first really warm Spring day. Many people welcomed it 
and celebrated it by coming to the Wayside Inn. Sixty-five luncheons were 
served. The front door was wide open in the middle of the day. Guests 
flocked outside to wait for their luncheon call. Some sat on the front 
porch, others strolled down the driveway. In the afternoon there was a 
constant flow of sightseers - many children. A goodly number enjoyed tea. 
After the dinner hour the total number of meals served was well over one 

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Sunday, March 20, 1938 


Last Friday evening one of our jolly, good friends 
arrived with two long stemned clay pipes in his hand. "They 
are for your pipe-box" said Mr. Burger. Mr. Burger has been 
to the Inn frequently. He noticed that our pipe box lacked 
pipes. Therefore he brought us two long, white "church 
warden" pipes. Mr. Burger is director of Boys Clubs forthe 
city of Boston. On thinking over the gift we were very much 
pleased, not only for the gift itself, but for the thought 
aid interest shorn by our guest. It bespeaks a friendly 
feelong towards the Inn| an interest in its ideals and 
purposes - a spirit of appreciation. During the past year there 
have been several such gestures of friendliness from our 
guests. A few of them are listed. below - 

Pewter olate 

Original Howe item 
Presented by Miss Mary 
Edith Nichols, Los 
Angeles, California 

Bunch of first 
sulpher matches 

Mr. Arthur Leslie Green 
Newport, Rhode Island 

Lamr>, 2,000 years 

Mr. L. 77. Leavitt 
Newtonville, Mass 

Japanese doll 

Mr. Yukio Otsuki 
Tokyo, Japan 

Monday, March 21, 1938 

Very pleasant 

"In years to come this place will be second to Mount 
Vernon" - so remarked one of : our luncheon guests today as 
he was leaving the Inn. He made ao ther interesting remark. 
"We do not need anything new in this country" said our friend, 
""'e need more of the old, more places like this. 77e must show 
our young people what has been done in the past". Our guest 
was shov/ing his young people. T "ith him were a son and 
daughter; the daughter a student at YIellesley College. 


Tuesday, March 22, 1938 arm, pleasant 

Messages from our dear friends "the ministers" continue 
to come. Dr. M. A. Kapp, minister of the Universalist church 
in Fitchburg has written fhe following which was received 

"It was a grand Retreat. The Inn never 
seemed kinder or mellower. It was off 
the road of frienzied living, but still 
within the sound of the good hum of 
human beings at work in the world. No- 
body can measure at the time what rich- 
ness goes into the spirit from those 
quiet hours which shame the hectic hurry 
of our cramped days." 

A dear old lady from Iowa visited the Inn this afternoon. 
She was smart and bright as a cricket. "Come see the Red Ha^e 
on the Sign" she called to her friend. "I want to see every- 
thing, you know, because I don't suppose I'll come this way 
again". She waved us a cheery good bye end was taking long 
stiides towards the Coach House when last we saw her. 

Wednesday, March 23, 1938 Pleasant 

Miss DeMille has clipped from the Framingham paper, a 
notice of the death of a Mr. George J. Dearth. Mr. Dearth 
was a descendent of John Dearth who came to this country 
from Tallcett Heath, Essex County, England, on the vessel 
"Planter". This was in 1642. He settled in Framingham in 
1672. His daughter, Hepzibah Dearth married David Howe. 
David Howe was the second landlord of the Inn. David married 
Hepzibah Dearth on December 25, 1700. 

Thursday, March 24, 1938 Pleasant 

Once a year Dr. and Mrs. Mosher entertain at the ?ayside 
Inn. Their party is given to members of a class in Otolaryny- 
ology (ear, nose and throat) which Dr. Mosher conducts through 
the ra. nter months. The "'ayside Inn dinner terminates the 
course of lectures. Dr. Mosher is one of the best, if not the 
best ear, nose and throat doctor in Boston. He is connected 
with the Mass. General Hospital. Students come from all parts 
of the world to studay unda-r Dr. Mosher. This made our 
group tonight (30 served in the Old Kitchen) of more than 

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Thursday, March 24 (continued 

ordinary interest. Mrs. Mosher sat at the head of one 
long table and appointed hostesses for each of the smaller 
tebles. After dinner a tour was made through the house. 
Many expresions of genuine appreciation were heard. 

The Wayside Inn Schools presented three plays in the 
Ball room this evening. They were as follows: 

Redstone - Constantinople 

Southwest - The Estabrook Nieces 

Boys School - The Cocklefiefer Case. 

Friday, March 25, 1938 Pleasant 

Speaking of gifts for the Inn, today a pleasant young 
woman whose name is now Mrs. Elinor S. Humble, came to the 
Inn bringing with her a crude set of Mud Shoes. These were 
used on horses feet when gathering salt hay from the marshes. 
They are crude looking things made of wood with le ather straps 
to hold them on. They are presented to Mr. Ford. Mrs. 
Humble was formerly Elinor Stearns ?."hittemore , secretary to 
Mr. Plaintiff at the New Ycr k branch of the Ford Motor 
Company. This was in 1906 - 07. Mrs Humble is now living 
at 714 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston. 

The dancing classes were held ?s usual today. 

Saturday, Merch 26, 1938 Cloudy 

In a hurry we arranged an Old Kitchen dinner. Mr. 
Kuniholm of Gardner, Mass. celled us on the phone at noon 
time, the dinner was served at 6:30. Mr. Kuniholm enter- 
tained a group of Finnish people, the Finnish Consul in 
New York, Mr. Kaarlo Kunsamo, the woman in charge of the 
Finnish Traveland Information Bureau in New York and a 
Finnish writer from Helsingfas. All. were extremely enthusiastic 
about the house. The journalist has promised to publish an 
article about the Inn in a Finnish magazine and will send us 
a copy. Mr. Kuniholm said that he wanted his visitors to see 
America as typically American. Nev; York is not a fair sample 

of America, according to Mr. Kuniholm. Yet most of our 
foreign visitors judge the United States by the city of New 
York. Mr. Kuniholm has brought many of his friends from across 
the ocean, to see the Inn. 


Sunday, rrch 27, 1958 

Very pleasant 

Instead of "Three Little aids" there were five. They ca..e 
today with their father and mother. Father and , other were uch 
overshadowed by the'-.r daughters, however. Here were f : ve kittle 
girls graduating n size from Joan the oldest down to ...arian the 
youngest, Joan being about 10 years old. And they were ?»11 dressed 
alike. Each one wore a plain blue dres3 with hand-worked 
a ocking. The hostesses stopped talking and the guests all looked 
at this unusual sight. It was a picture seldom seen. So we took 
a snap-shot in front of the Inn and here they a re - Five Little 
ds n a row. 

Children of 

i\Tm and Lira. T. G. Dignan 
6 Fen', ore Road 
Worcester, . ass. 


Monday, March 28, 1938 

Very pleas ant 

Two attractive young .en lunched here today. The letters 
CURUFC stood out boldly on the pockets of their flanneSU coats. 
When they spoke, giving an order for luncheon, we knew that they 
were fresh froi:. England. As a ^atter of fact, they are cembers of 
the Cau bridge University Rugby Union Football Club. The r mission 
in New England - to play Yale and Harvard ; n Rugby Football and 
also to stimulate Interest' cans in this old English 
sport. Rugby is a kind of football played Ln England but not 
played commonly in America. Therefore this English team, of which 
our guests are ^e^bers, has far surpassed the few and far between 
A-ierican beams. The score at Yale 42 - C and at Harvard 50-0. 

Tuesday, March 29, 1938 

In Print 


Boston Globe Headlines 

The Bishop of Albany Rt. 
Rev. G. Aston Oldha: , a conspicuous 
figure in the National Episcopal 
Church at present because of his strong 
stani in behalf of church leadership 
inthe delegation which represented 
th. U. S. last summer in the International 
conferences at Oxford - - etc. etc. 

Bishop Oldha:-: was 
a guest at the Inn 
yesterday with the 
Very Rev. Sturgis, 
rector of S t. Pauls 
Cathedral in Boston 

Country Life i.agaz ine 
February, 1938 
Contains a picture of the 
print "Dos a Dos or Accidents 
in Quadrille Danc'ng" first pub- 
lished in 1817 by Geurge 
Cru .ksLank. 

This same print 
can be seen in the 
small Ball rooa of 
the inn. 

Ford News, March 1938 

Conta.ns an entertan ng 
article on the old stage 
coaches and coach' ng days, 
Taverns, inns etc. "It was 
cnlled "Soft" Travelling's 
the title and written by 
Frank fecNarry. 

Has given us so. e 
Interesting infor. at ion 
concern 'ng stage coach 
travel ^n the days when 
stage coaches stopped 
at the Red Horse 


Wednesday, ..arch 30, 1938 Cloudy 

5s Fisher reports m .nterest'ng occurance for today. She 
was conduct '.one a sewing lesson for the Southwest School girls In 
the small Ball rooir of the Inn. Two little French g ; rls peeked ; .nto 
the rooa. Their names were Nicole and Elaine. i^iss Fisher inv.ted 
the;, 'nto the room. She asked the. to sing - which they d:d - very 
beautifully n French. Then all the little g _ 'rls sang together. 
They sang Heigh Ho from the popular picture Snow White. Then the 
Southwest girls sang a song in *rench, -"Sur la pont d 1 Avignon" to 
the :;-uch pleased French girls, ^t was thrilling for both sides - 
for our children and for the young ladles fro.; across the ocean. 
Later Miss Fisher saw the children playing tag : n the yard - the French 
girls calling "Tu es%(You are It). 

Thursday, march 31, 1938 Rain 

Little Jackie Spooner and his mother and father have been spending 
a few days at the Inn. Their hoa:e is in Connecticut near New York. 
This is Jackie's vacation Ndeek. He is a lively little 4 year old and 
he finds plenty to do around the Inn. This afternoon he sailed a boat 
down the brook from the :.:ill to the Bridge of Stone. His feet were 
wet when he ca-ne in^regardless of high rubber overshoes. All even'ng 
we had a cunning little pair of shoes drying out in front of the open 
fire in the Bar-roon. Jackie's ^otheris, like all mothers, prowd of her 
little Jackie. When walking down by the mill Jackie started singing "Down 
by the Old Mill Stream v/here I ..:et you". Then care the question: "Mamie, 
where did I first reet you?" .rs. Spooner answered by telling Jackie that 
she first met him in New York. She thought he was a nice little boy so 
she decided to keep him for her very owni 

Friday, April 1, 1938 Very pleasant 

Little Jackie Spooner sa'd goodbye to the lairbs today. He went up 
•to the sheep br.rn the last thing before leaving. Daddy took his picture 
with a la;nb in his arms and he gave Nellie, the horse, a parting gift of 
a lump of sugar. Everyone was sorry to have Jackie go. He has pro: :' 3ed 
to coae again in '.ay. 

Ihe dancing classes cont nue to be held on every Friday afternoon 
and evening. During our conversation with the guests who ca-.e frot 
Finland recently, we were told that "Wall Flowers" in Finland are called 
Panel Hons - meaning Panel Hen si There Is no particular reason why we 
mentioned wall fl\owers in connection with our dancing classes! Ihere are 
seldom any so-called "Panel Hens" to be seen. Generally there is about the 
same number of boys and girls, if not, then there are a few boys left over! 


Saturday April 2, 1938 

Very pleasant 

This corning a compara tively large group of people were seen 
near the old store. The group was composed of both men and woien - 
some young and so<i.e old. Each person carried field glasses. We 
soon learned that the Brookl .ne Bird Club was having their usual Saturday 
tripj today it started at the inn and cont nued fro; here over 
through Wayland. Here Bird studies were i.ade at three ponds - the pond 
at the rear of the store, the pond near the mill and the one over In back 
of the Inn. kiss Alice E. Hanson wa* the lender of the trip and she has 
kindly sent us a list of the birds seen on Wayside Inn property. Ih'.rty- 
two species of birds were recorded as follows: 


Red shouldered hawk 



Green winged leal (2) 

American mergansers (10) 

Pied billed grebe (3) 

Tree swallow 


Song sparrows 


Blue bird 

Red winged blackbird 



Purple finch 


Herring gull (1) 

Red tailed hawk 

Black ducks 

: aliard (1) 

mourning doves (7) 

Pine warbler (l) 


Cow birds (2) 

Downey woodpecker 

Hairy woodpecker 

Tree sparrow 


Coopers h=>wk 

English sparrow 

Red breasted nuthatch 

Besides identifying all these birds, diss Hinson gave us other 
interesting Information. She said that 31 people were In the party; 
that trips are taken by the Brookl Ine Bird Club every Saturday the 
year around and on Tuesday evenings throughout the Summer. 5o> et'res 
early corning walks are planned. During the month of lay another trip 
is to start fro:., the Wayside inn. 

- "V. 


Sunday, April 3, 1938 


At one time this afternoon there were as ;.:any as twenty p^eople 
In the sheep barn, all looking at the new baby lambs, -ore people 
kept coding and going all day. Of course there were lots of children. 
The la.:ibs seemed to like their visitors. I'hey jumped up on the backs 
of their mothers and put their noses close to the rail of the stall - 
for little fingers to pet. We presur.e th^.t ..:ost of the B-irn visitors -ire 
city bred. At any rate, going into the barn is a great treat for our 
guests. They like the goats, too and Nellie the horse. So: etimes the 
visitors stand outside against the rail fence and watch the old sheep 
follow each other about. When one starts to u:ove, thenthey all rove. 
We can easily understand how ».^ry's lamb followed her to school without 
coaxing. Soi:;etLxes -r. Hebe, the herds:, an picks a little la.vb up Ln 
his anus - as is shown in the picture. 


i-.onday, April 4, 1938 Pleasant 

Tidbits of the week 

ltr« T .rvin E. Peak, luncheon gueit, told the hostess that he 
visited the Inn during 6ar. Lei.on's time. He rode out from 
Boston with his w^fe on a tandei bicycle. 

Nancy Batchelder raised her hand at the Redstone School: 
". y little brother Henry told my n other 
that he liked -r. Ford because I r. Ford does 
so many impossible thingsl" 

The word "lip" as we use it now - to mean a gratuity - is 
made up of the initial letters of the three words "To Insure 
Promptness". Signs with these words written thereon were 
attached to small boxes n the old days and were seen at Inns 
and Taverns. 

In the magazine called "Young Pople" for I, arch 1°.,1938 there is 
a full page of pictures of the Wayside Inn, "nteriors and 
exteriors, kill, Schools etc. 

Guest: "How valuable " t Ls to publish information 

about the : nnl I cooe from Missouri and would 
have missed this lovely place 'f " had not 
happened to read so/eth'ng about it before 1 
came east to see i y son at Harvard." 

Tuesday, April 5, 1938 Pleasant 

A very fine looking young man and a chiming little young lady 
dined here this evening. The gentleman gave his na...e as ",. r. Lattn" 
and said that he was well aqua ; nted in Detr-ot. We discovered that he 
also knew well the cities of Washington, New York and Boston. He hai 
dined at many of the Embassies in Wash : ngton and spoke as a personal 
friend of some of the foreign ministers. He was a most entertain ng 
guest. He stayed an hour or two after dinner to look through the houoe 
We wanted him to register, but he refused - saying that he would do so 
another tiiue. The only clue we have to the identity of our guest is 
the name "u.r. Latta" and we tlvnk he is connected with banking or 
financial interests. 


Wednesday, April 6, 1938 Cloudy 

Rev. and Ifas. L. Stidger and a group of friends entertained 
at dxnner this evening In honor of Angela . organ. iiss ..organ Is called 
the Poet Laureate of all the wor: en poets n A. erica. "Whos Who" say s 
that she is a specialized writer and interpreter of verse; has written 
i..any poems and won several prizes. He were honored r n having . Lss .organ 
recite soir.e of her poetry in the Parlor of the Inn. Among the poem a she 
recited were "^ai aware" and "Wood has a Soul". 

Thursday, April 7, 1938 Cloudy 

Just at noon tine about tv/enty school g^'rls arrived to go through 
the Inn. They were from St. liary' s Sodality, Wlnchendon, :..a s. They 
listened attaatively and seemed to enjoy their visit; they asked 
questions, were not in a hurry to leave. When the hostess had finished 
the story in the Parlor, the young priest who accompanied the group 
said: "You know, the teachers In the schools were not very cooperative 
or enthusiastic about my taking the girls away from their lessons to 
bring them here, but this has certainly been very educational". Then he 
turned to the girls and asked: "G-'rls, don't you think th: : s has been 
worth 5 hours of your school t Ime? " There was a loud chorus of 
answers in the affirmative. 

Friday, April 8, 1938 Snow and rain 

Everyone at the Inn around one o'clock th s afternoon, had a 
rare treat. A bus stopped at our door and 40 youn^. .en and women 
cai.e into the Inn. After being shown through the house they adjourned 
to the small b ;11 room where they saig; two beautiful songs: the songs 
were beautiful and the singing was beautiful. This was a trained 
college choir; not a Glee Club, but a cho^lr singing to us a orav'an 
Hymn tune "H-irk, now Sheperds" and a lovely song "Today there : s 
Ringing". These people ca^e fro.. Houghton in western New York state and 
are students ; n Houghton College - a Wesleyn-:-ethodlst institution. 
They were on their wy to sing th s evening in Ca. bridge. We thought that 
the'r singing was of exceptional quality. 


Saturday, April 9, 1938 

Ra In 

Krs. Bowker never likes to have her picture t~ken. But we took 
it on the front porch of the Inn one noon tine recently. ' r. Bowker is 
modest too, but he finally consented to pose. "The Bowkers" as we call 
our guests are not here as frequently at n on tiffi e as at night. There- 
fore we felt lucky In having sunshine, the Bowkers and a fila in the 
camera - all at the same time. Usually the Bowkers are here on Saturday 
evening for dinner. They bring us flowers and the Saturday evening 
Transcript almost as regularly as the So:..bre Clock goes around. 

| I 

r. and . ,rs. Carl S. Bowker 
Worcester, Mass. 


Sunday, April 10, 1938 

p-rtly cloudy 

In spite of snow flurries this i.-orning two white bunnies ventured 
forth at noon time. They were the only heralds of the Easter seas on 
which appeared today - Palm Sunday. Usually there are a few bright in- 
dications of Easter in the for;!" of straw hats etc., but today was ;iuch 
too cold for Spring apparel. The bunnies were large fluffy toys - one 
wore a gingham dress and the other a waistcoat. They were fondly c^red 
for by two little girls. One of the bunnies played a tune. You wound 
him up and a music box Inside tinkled n.errily on with The Easter Parade." 

J; .onday, April 11, 1938 


Our thoughts today turned very often towards Dearborn where i r. and 
*;rs. Ford are celebrating their 50th bedding Anniversary. : t was a fine 
day here, clear overhead and green buds appearing on trees said shrubs. 
The sun wa s bright and war.::. We hope that the day was as pleasant in 

: ch!gan. Surely It was a day of great joy and happiness. S£ay this same 
happiness wh ch we felt In our hearts today continue on for our landlord 

nd his wife for ...any, :j:any .-ore years to core. 


~t* l£ t0 y Kenncth L - Spring 
Mr. and Mrs. Henry A. Ford of Lebanon!' shown above, recently ob- 
served the 50th anniversary of their wedding.* Mrs. Ford it wearing the 
dress In which she was married. The couple took part In a quiet cele- 
bration of the occasion during which they received many gifts and mes- 
sages of congratulations. 


Tuesday, April 12, 1938 Cloudy 

When the Reverend and Mrs. Tertius Van Dyke visited the Trin 
a short time ago, they asked if we had read a new book called "The 
Devil and Daniel Webster". We had never heard of it. Consequently 
the book has arrived as a gift from the Van Dykes. It is a small 
book written by Stephen Vincent Benet. The story tells of how a 
New Hampshire farmer sold his soul to the Devil. Daniel Webster, in 
a court trial, won the mans soul back for him. Ihe book is considered 
a masterpiece in short story writing. It will be a fine addition to 
our library. Ihe card enclosed reads: 

"in appreciation of a very cordial 
reception and pleasant evening 
at the Wayside Inn." 

Wednesday, Apr^l 13, 1938 Partly cloudy 

Dancing classes were held today instead of Friday; Friday being 
"Good Friday" before Easter. It is always a pleasure to see the boy, 
especially the younger boys, taking pains and care not to stub their 
toesi They try earnestly not to make a mistake and pay strict attention 
to the dancing master* All the ch.-.ldren like the dancing classes. Ihe 
guests enjoy the::: too. 

Thursday, April 14, 1938 Pleasant 

Fifty-one incorporators, directors and members of the staff of 
the Hudson Savings Bank dined here this evening. After-dinner speeches 
were given. Only five young ladies were in the group. 

Mr. Samuel Chamberlain has spent considerable here in taking 
pictures of the Inn. He is the author of several books - "Open House 
in New England" and Beyond New England Thresholds" are among r. Cham- 
berlain's very fine publications, »e cr.ll them "picture books" because 
they are filled with beautiful pictures, exterior and "Interior, of old 
New England houses. Mr. Chamberlain is a professor of Graphic Arts at 
the massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has had a splendid back- 
ground for work of this sort - having 'vpent considerable t ; ~e studying; 
in Eurpoe as well as in this country. 


Thursday, April 14, cont inued 

r. Samuel Char.berlain 

Friday, April 15, 1938 


Mr. Ellison, a guest, told the story of Lafayette as a diplomat. 
On the return of General Lafayette to America in 1824, he met a 
nunber of the men he had known as young soldiers. Lafayette usually 
put the question to then:, "Are you carried? " If the answer was in the 
affirmative, the French general would say with emphasis "happy -an". 
If the answer was "no", Lafayette would say with more emphasis: "Lucky 

Ipswich clan, diggers have been busily engaged in gathering 
200 bushels of clans which will be shipped this week to -3r : ett?., 
Ohio. There, a celebration will be held to honor the arrival of 
the Northwest Caravan after its trek across the country fro-. Ipswich. 
It will be rei..e:::bered that members of the Caravan spent a night here 
shortly after starting out on their journey." 

continued next page :nn d".ary 

Friday, April 15 - continued 

Mr. John Haynes of Walthaiii reprts that lxi s first journey out 
into the wide, wide world was on Feb 10, 1890 when he was brought 
by his parents to the Wayside Inn. This wa° when i.r. Haynes was 
four years old and then living in Malthas. He is now connected 
with the Pinkerton National Detective Agency. 

Saturday, April 16, 1938 Pleasant 

Wedding bells rang at the Wayside Inn tonight. Everywhere 
there was a bride-ish atmosphere - white lilies, a large wedding 
cake, yards of wh te ribbon and l^st but not least - the bride 
herself - in the traditional white sat'n gown with veil. Two 
hundred guests ca^e to the reception held r n the larpe Ball roo - . 
for the Bride and Groo; . Lss Perkins, a Sudbary girl was 
married this afternoon. She was a little young lady with sparkling 
brown eyes. The orchestr a played se i-classical music and b; 
request "Ihe Easter Parade" four tiaesl A supper of clvcken salad, 
rolls, ice crea,., cakes and coffee was served. Ihe bride left at 
9:30 o'clock. Not often do we have a bride co-:e down the front 
stairway, it seeded fitting for this old house, however, wh ; ch has 
witnessed life's joys and sorrows through several generations. 


Sunday fcpril 17, 1938 Cold 


"The churches are all decked w'.th flowers 
The s-ILutations a^ong Ten 
Are but the Angel's wprds divine 
'Christ Is arisen'. ' and the bells 
Catch the glad murmer, as it swells, 
/aid chant together in theri? towers. 
All hearts are glad; and free froi.i care 
The faces of the people shine. 
See what a crowd Ls n the square 
Gayly and gallantly arrayed!" 

This Easter Sunday was not the ideal taster day. It was too 
cold. Yet we can hardly complain. The sun shone and the sky was 
clear. A cold chill in the air prevented light clothes, however. 
We served nearly two hundred dinners which was a good record. 
Easter lilies decorated the house and laree bunches of bright yellow 
flowers caj;:e from the green house. Ihe combination was colorful. 
A pink geranium was placed in every window. Many families gathered 
together to enjoy Easter at the Wayside T nn. 

Monday, April 18, 1938 Partly rain 

Ihercis a certain holiday spirit in the a^r. Easter Sunday 
and the 19th of April(a legal holiday In Massachusetts) have brought 
i;ore people than usual to the Inn. There is also a rumor that out 
landlord and his wife are co:ving to pay us a visit 1 are all very 
happy over the prospect. Guests, ofcourse, do not know of the proposed 
visit. Therefore the feeling of joy and excite-t.ent which prevails 
repressed and subdued... but it is here , in the Bar-roo<' as the hostesses 
cove on duty, in the Pantry when you hand the waitress a meal slip and 
in the kitchen where the larder is being filled. Everywhere throughout 
the house the atmosphere Ls filled with happy anticipation. 


Tuesday, April 19, 1938 Pleasant 

On the 19th of April we make It a point to call special 
attention to the P-ml Revere prints ; n the Bar-room; to the Fl ; nt 
lock Revolutionary rrusket and to the fact that Ezek'el Howe, out 
Revolutionary landlord led the Sudbury companies to the Concord 
fight. Last but not least we stress Longfellow's story of Paul 
Revere' s ride. o t people do not realize that this Ls the f'rst 
story In the "Tales of a Wayside Inn." Longfellow immortalized the 
ride; has put it Into the mouth of every school child, as it were. 
We are proud that this thrilling tale belongs to the Wayside Inn. 
On this anniversary of Concord and Lexington we do not forget those 
Revolutionary patriots, ill equipped but v; th a burning desire for 
peace and liberty. The Inn lived through the turmoil. It now en- 
joys a glorious peace. Let us be forever thankful for it and 
grateful to such men as Paul Revere and our landlord Ezekiel Howe. 

Wednesday, April 20, 1958 Pleasant 

Mr. Ford arrived n the early afternoon; Mrs. Ford ^ time for 
dinner. We hope that they felt the warmth of our welcome. It came 
from the heart of everyone here. Mrs. Ford has not been to the Inn 
for several years. She has been ill. Today, however, she looked well 
and chipper. She had with her, as guests, Mrs. Lynn l.cH aught on of 
Detroit, Mrs. W. D. Thompson of Birmingham, Michigan and Mrs. Gaston 
Plantiff of New York. It will be renembered that Mr. and Mrs. PI ant "Iff 
used to come to the Inn years ago. Consequently the Inn holds many 
fond memories for Mrs. Plantiff. i^rs. iv.cNaughton and Mrs. Thompson are 
associated with Mrs. Ford in Farm and Garden work, meetings of the 
association are now being held in Boston. The ladies spent the evening 
in a quiet chat around the Parlor fireplace. Mr. Ford has been looking 
over the Inn property. 

Thursday, April 21, 1938 Pleasant 

Newspaper men have awarmed the house all day. Mr. Ford held an 
interview at the Grist M 11 at 9 o'clock this morning. He things the 
salvation of our country at the present time depends on a "Back to the 
Farm movement". He will set an example by cultivating every part of the 
Wayside Inn estate. A colored gentler: an from the Fords private rail- 
road cr-r has spent a good deal of time here today in showing our 
kitchen staff how to use the Soy bean in cooking. Soy bean soup and 
Soy bean bread have been made and they are good! The bread is wonder- 
fully light 'n texture and a pretty light yellow color. Mrs. Ford 
spent most of the day in Boston renaming to the i.nn late this after- 
neon. She walked in the garden before dinner. After dinner Mr. and 
Mrs. Ford .and Mrs. Plantiff spent a hon-ey, comfortable evening around 
the fireplace. 


Friday, April 22, 1938 Cloudy and ra'n 

A little girl was in the house this afternoon with a small company 
of visitors. She was, perhaps, nine years old. Mr. Ford saw her. He 
put his hand on her shoulder; gave her a little pat. She was more than 
pleased. That thoughtful gesture r eant "ore to the young laKdy than 
ilr« Ford or anyone else can realize, "t was a touch of kindness that 
the child will never forget in her whole life. 

All was made ready by noon time for the luncheon party of the 
"Women in Council" which was held at 1 o'clock in the large dining 
room. By 4 la 1 clock the large d s n ; ng room was ready fvv .rs. Ford's 
Farm and Garden Tea. The "Vtomen In Coucil" had f-" noshed their 
meeting and were leaving the house when the Fart and Garden group 
arrived. It was a "sit down" tea. Guests were served at small tables 
whiih Mr. and ,rs. Ford went about shaking hands with their guests. 
Ihe sun ca^e out and all expressed their pleasure n a very delightful 
party. Shortly after the tea, mr. Ford left by n ofcfc© for Dearborn. 
Mrs. Ford and her guests regained for dinner and then embarked on the 
train for hone. i.t was a grand visit. It gave the If ay side Inn staff 
encouragement and stimulation to carry on the work which . r. and "rs. 
Ford have entrusted to us. 

Saturday, April 23, 1938 Pleasant 

The hoase seems lonely, something vital has gone, we miss our 
landlord and his wife very much. 

This week we have learned of the death of Dr. Francis A. Gray. 
For years he has been a member of the Wayside Inn Ministers Retreat 
group. The last few years have not been the same for Dr. Gray, however. 
His mind has wandered; he could not take part in the meetings. He was 
a pathetic sight - going around from room to room - muttering to h'rself- 
speaking frequently of the death of his wife. Dr. Gray's passing on is 
a blessing. We will, however miss very much his familiar face among 
the Fraters when they come again. 


Sunday, April 24, 1938 Very pleasant 

The groups of people going through the house today were the 
largest of the season. At noon time there was a waiting line to 
give orders for dinner. We noticed two boys from our wwn boys 
school. Loiter we met their friends; a dear old lady with whoa 
the boys used to live. She told us about a trundle bed; a trundle 
bed upon which she slept when she vis ited at her uncle's house. 
One day the uncle gave the children some honey. They didn't know 
that honey was sticky. The children put it under the trundle bed 
at night and in the morning they soon discovered that honey was 
a very sticky substance I 

Monday, April 25, 1938 Partly rain 

A well dressed man with a very good looking daughter ordered 
luncheon today. The gentleman poured forth a tale about his own 
personal affairs, it seems that Mr. Allen, for that was the 
gentleinan's name, lost all of his money in 1929. He was then 
living on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston. Fortunately Sir, Allen 
owned a farm in New Hampshire as a summer place. Here he went to live 
with his family. "You can tell Mr. Ford that I am already on a 
farm" said Mr, Allen. Altho' forced by adverse circumstances to take 
up farming, Mr. Allen seems genuinely interested in this line of work. 
He wants to come to see us later when he can spend more time in looking 
over the Wayside Inn form. 

Tuesday, April 26, 1938 Cloudy 

The minister of the Eliot Church in Newton Massachusetts has 
come to make us a two or three day visit. He is a sociable, friendly 
person and is making himself at home. He has taken several long walks 
and engages n conversation with other guests. We do not object to 
this latter form of sociability; that is, guest meeting guest, some- 
times pervect stsangers. Very often they part as if old time friends 
and have found something of vital Importance to have in common. The 
Inn with its comfortable fireplaces and homelike atmosphere invites 
such meetings and friendliness. 

The last meeting of the season for Professor Schell's group 
was held this evening. 


Wednesday, April 27, 1938 Pleasant 

Last evening was a busy one. Every available guest tool: was 
taken. Consequently this morn : ng was busy too - in speeding the 
parting guest. Among our overnight guests was a Mr, Lund, a young 
& an form New York who has promised to come back again tonight. 
Other overnight guests were a Mr, and Mrs, Soderholtz froir West 
Gouldsboro, i.aine. They were on their way home from Flordia. 
Mr, Soderholtz told en interesting story this morning; told it to 
the writer and to the Reverend Eusden - before the Bar-rooir, fire. 
The sotory is this. When Grover Cleveland was candidating for the 
Presidency, he was suffering with a cancer of the jaw. It was 
thought that if the public should hear of this affliction it night 
seriously interfere with his chances for office. Therefore the 
one-time President of the United States was taken aboard a private 
yacht where an operation was performed. This involved putting in an 
artificial jaw wade of rubber; the operation being executed by 
Dr. Kasson C Gibson, the best surgeon -dentist in New York in that 
day. When the President delivered his first public address after the 
operation, it was feared by those who knew that there would be an 
impediment in his speech. But no. The operation was a skillful 
piece of work. Not until 3C years later was this story of Grover 
Cleveland made public. Our guest last evening, Mr, Soderholtz, told 
us that he had once owned a surgical haauna r which was used by the 
famous Dr. Gibson. Ten years ago he presented the hamoar to Mr, Ford 
for the museum at Dearborn. 

Thursday, April 28, 1938 Pleasant 

r. and Mrs, Austill are conducting the Friendship Tours again 
this season. They came today bringing 270 school children. fro 
the town of Southbridge, Mass, It happened that this was the warmest 
day for this date in 60 years time. The theroneter registered about 
89 degrees. When the poor little children arrived in the late 
afternoon, they were exremely weary. They had already visited 
Bunker Hill, the Charlestown Navy Yard and many other places of historic 
interest. This was their last stopping place. Not only were they 
foot sore and weary, but hungary and thirsty. Yet they wanted to know 
about the Inn; they wanted to is ten; The hostesses made the "story" 
short and in spite of many handicaps, everybody felt that the 
children had absorbed much and that they had found their stop here to 
be one of the most worthwhile of the whole day. 

Friday, April 28, 1938 Cloudy 

Since Mr, Ford's announcement of the "Back to the Farm" move- 
ment, we have been visited by several -interested farmers - or "would-be" 
farmers. Today a guest reported that his father, a Mr, George S. ..lead 
still tills the soil with oxen. He lives in North Castle, New York 
and s the only person in Westchester County who uses oxen. Mr, ead 
has 83 acres of land under cultivation and makes a specialty of 
potatoes and cattle. 


Saturday, April 30, 1938 Pleasant 

Inquiries and reservations for large parties of a hundred or 
more are gebinning to come in by telephone and by letter. We are 
expecting to have several such parties through the months of Bay 
and June. 

Every one at the Inn wa glad to see Mr. Sennott back this 
evening after his sojourn In Dearborn. 

A dinner guest this week wa the chief steward of the Holland 
American steamship line. He declared our steak dinner was the best 
anyshere - except of course, the steaH dinner served on ships of the 
Holland American line! 

The old say ng "Getting down to brass tacks" originated as 

"In olden tines, in many stores, distances 
were measured on the edge of the counters 
by brass headed tacks. Cloth and other 
goods which were sold by the yard were 
measured by being compared with these 
tacks. Thus originated the phrase, "Get- 
ting down to brass tacks" as a proof of accuracy". 


Sunday, May I , 1938 Very p&easant 

For the past six years the Concord Catholic Daughters of 
America have held their annual Communion Breakfast here. To- 
day's Breakfast made the 7th successive year at the Wayside Inn. 
There were 86 members present. They represent the Help of 
Christians Court froir. the church of the same name in Concord. 
Our large dining rooa looked beautiful with the supporting posts 
covered with apple blossoms. It wa" a real nay time breakfast. 
kiss DeMille and Miss i.'.arion Allen furnished music of a fitting 
nature. The pastor of the church, Father Shaunessey was present, 
also Father ucCurtin S. J. who gave an address. The Chairman of 
the event spoke of the delicious breakfast served and expressed 
the appreciation of the group to Hostesses, waitresses, cooks 
and to all who i;iade the occassion a very pleasant one. 

Londay, Bay A, 1938 Pleasant 

Yesterday at noon time Mr. and Mrs. Cutler A drove up to the 
front door with bag and baggage prepared to make us a visit. They 
left Dearborn last Friday corning and drove all the way by motor 
car. They are now making themselves at home in the "Garden"and 
"Jerusha" rooms. Mr, Cutler is doing some work here while Mrs. 
Cutler and "Winnie" are enjoying a rest. 

Miss Eleanore Campsall is also *m overnight guest. She c«ir.e 
lflst evening and is leaving this afternoon. She is still playing 
in the "You Can't Take It With You" company and will perform to- 
night in Manchester, New Hampshire. It must be a fine break and 
change to spend a little time here after travelling fron- place to 
place with a theatre company. Eleanore looks very well and seems 
to be enjoying her theatrical experience. 

Tuesday, May 3, 1938 Pleasant 

Today we entertained 53 members of the Wayland Women s Club. 
They came here for luncheon and a business meeting in the large 
Ball room. After the meeting several stayed for a trip through 
the house. Even tho 1 Wayland is only about 5 miles from the Inn, 
we found several members who had never been here before and many 
who had not been here for several years. One lady remembered 
coming here about 40 years ago with a sleighing party. She 
remembers dancing in the old Ball Roon. 


Wednesday, May 4, 1938 Pleasant 

These are busy days. The air is warm, the sky blue, the grass 
green andwaitny people are eager to come into the country. We had 
some interesting guests thes afternoon - a Br. and Mrs. who 
have travelled all over the world. Mr. Holmes spoke of the length 
of the old beds - that they are shorter than the average bed of today, 
We were is mediately keen to hear what was said on tins subject - for 
our guests often ask: "Why were the old beds so short?" Mr. Holmes 
explained that statistics have proved that the average height of the 
white man has increased and is gradually increasing all the time. He 
illustrated by say*ng th^t ^fter the German War of 1870 the un'fori-s 
worn were all carefully saved and put away for use in the next war. 
When the next was came - not more than two generations later - the 
uniforms could not be usedj they were too short I We spoke of George 
Washington and of his imposing presence and great height. Mr. Holmes 
raid that General Washington was an exception; that he was of unusual 
height. Then we thought of the old chairs and tables and how they 
are generally lower than our chairs of today. The low ceilings, too. 
These, ofcourse were primarily for the purpose of heating. Neverthe- 
less there are many old ceilings and doorways much too low for the 
average person of today to pass under without bumping his head! 
There are several low doorways here at the Inn. 

Thursday, May S, 1938 Pleasant 

Cardinal O'Connell of Boston was a tea guest today. He has 
in turn been a Bishop and Archbishop. In 1905 he was papal envoy to 
Japan. In 1911 he was elevated to the cardinalate. Cardinal O'Connell 
has just returned to Boston f§£m his winter residence in the Bahamas. 
He has travelled extensively all over the world. As he went about from 
room to room this afternoon he repeated: "Beautiful — beautiful" Miss 
Feilding felt honored that she could supply him with the word " porringer" . 
He pointed to the pewter dishes on the table in the Old Dining room and 
asked: "What do you call those bowls - there is a special name for thei - 
what is it?" We all felt honored to have entertained this distinguished 

Shortly after lunch today, * r. and Mrs, Cutler and Winnie packed 
their bags and bid us farewell. They are planning to be back in Michigan 
on Saturday. 


Friday, May y, 1938 Cloudy, rain 

The season is certainly well in advance of other years. It is said 
that the shrubs and trees and flowers are three weeks ahead of their 
usual time. We do not recall that the lilacs have been in bloom as early 
as this before. Yet the lovely white lilac at the front door is now in 
all its splendor. We always admire its age and height and its sweet 
smelling blossoms - as if standing guard at our doorstep. In the garden 
one can see the low greens of different shades - all trim and neat as they 
at first straighten up through the ground. This year we seem to have an 
extra large lot of violets - long stems with big purple heads and heart 
shaped leaves. We also have several beds of white violets which are more 
unusual and which are much admired by the guests. 

A family of baby kittens has been found nestled down in the trunk 
of an old apple tree. We have made several pilgrimages out to see them. 
One can see the tiny little things through a peep hole at the side or 
look down on them from an opening at the top. They are so nearly the 
color of the tree that it is difficult to distinguish them at first or 
to ascertain the number. Somebody reported ^\v«, babies. 

Saturday,!.] ay 7, 1938 Pleasant 

Ihe Belmont Day School in Belmont, -.ass. has been the purchaser, 
for the past two years, of some Wayside Inn baby lambs. This year the 
mother sheep was taken too - along with her twins. Miss Fisher's 
sister is a teacher in the Belmont Day School and Miss Fisher has 
given us a report of the lambs from time to time. Now she tells us 
that the mother lamb has been sheared. The shearing was done in the 
old fashioned wayj by hand with large sheep sheers. This was a 
great sight for city bred children to see. So the children have 
decided to wash the wool, prepare it for spinning and carry the whole 
process through to the making of a coverlet I We like very much to 
think of our Wayside Inn lambs being used in this educational way. 


Sunday, Hay 8, 1938 


During kr. Ford's recent visit to the Inn, a telephone call 
came froze a Mr. Edward Mathews in Weymouth, Ma s. -r. Mathews 
wanted to tell Mr, *ord about the Homestead Guild Schools. Today 
tar. .viathews appeared at the Inn in person and told us all about 
his schools. He believes th?t the present educational system does not 
adequately educate the heart and the soul and the body. He believes 
in character building above everything else. Mr« ^athews has started 
a school in Antrim, New Hampshire. Here he has an old farn. house and 
about a dozen students who are self supporting; self supporting by 
learning to make and to produce shops. The students are also filling 
state requirements in academic subjects and are devoting part of their 
day to farm work. In the shop they make beautiful hand rrade shoes. . 
samples of which Mr. ^pthews brought with him. Recently Miss Sonja 
Henie ordered several pairs of the Homestead Guild shoes. She said: 
"These are the most beautiful shoes I have found in the whole world." 
They are truly beautiful lit design, in materials used and in workman- 






Mr, ill at hews does not believe in making shoes with heals. Heals are 
a detriment to health and do not give us a natural poise of body or 
mind. Thus Mr. iu a thews is striving in his small way to help and better 
mankind, physically and mentally. The Homestead Guild Schools are a 
beginning. It is hoped that, in time, this type of school will spread 
throughout the whole country. "No gifts or endowments for the school 
shall ever be accepted" said Mr. -iathews. 


Ronday, May 9, 1938 Fair 

Every now and then we get too busy to even read the daily papers I 
Today we found time to look over some newspapers of a week ago, also a 
few back magazines, in these we have found several items of special 
interest to us. They are as follows: 

Olive Higgins Prouty has just published a new novel 
called "Lisa Vale". It promises to be one of the 
best books of the year. Mrs. Prouty has spent a few 
days at the Inn from time to time. She usually goes 
into seclusion, drinks milk and writes and writes. 

The Plymouth Antiquarian Society has announced a 
revival of a custom adopted by the Pilgrii* s when they 
first planted corn. The Indians advised that a herring 
should be planted with five grains of corn in each 
"hill" of corn. 

One for the blackbird 

One for the crow 

One for the cutworm 

And two to let grow 
The herring was considered necessary for "unless they got 
fish and set with the corn, it would come to nothing". The 
field in back of the old Harlow House at Plymouth will be 
the scene of the three hundred year old corn planting ritual 
held there this week. 

The Christian Leader, Universalist Publication, has 
announced the resignation of Dr. Frederick Perkins from the 
church at Washington, D. C. Dr. Perkins is one of the 
most important members of the Wayside Inn I Inisters Retreat. 
He has the distinction of be'ng the one andoely member with 
an unbroken record of attendance. He has not missed one 
Retreat in 36 years. 

Tuesdayk Hay 10, 1938 Showers 

For the very first time in its 252 years of exi stance, the Inn 
witnessed tonight a transatlantic telepjaone call. The connection 
was made by one of our guests, a Dr. Hans Schaeffer of New York. He 
talked with Mr. Nathan Katz in Arnhem, Holland. The number was Arnhe.n 
230661 They talked for five minutesj Dr. Schaeffer reporting an 
excellent connection. He could hear as well as if he were talking to 
his nearest neighbor. We felt rather proud of our little Sudbury 
operator who put through the call. Dr. Schaeffer complimented the 
service; said that he frequently called Holland from New York, but had 
never had the experience of getting the wires connected through a small 
town like South Sudbury. And - since we are making a complete report - 
the call cost $ 27.70 1 


Wednesday, may 11, 1938 

Very pleasant 


Winnie and 

Mrs, £ ^Cutler 

School children fron. 

Saxonville, Mass 

The Sunday before Easter 
19 3 8 


Thursday, May 12, 1938 Rain 

We recently had the pleasure of entertaining Mr. F. <). Stanley, 
a portly white haired gentleman and manufacturer of the Stanley Steamer 
Automobiles. Lany people can ren;ember when the Stanley Steamer 
was considered a very smart vehicle in which to ride. Mr. Stanley is 
an interesting old gentleman. He told us th*t two years ago he went to 
Dearborn and met Mr. Ford. He witnessed one of the dancing classes. It 
all seemed to please Br, Stanley very much. He added, however, that we 
should not forget that he made automobiles long before Mr, Ford put his 
horseless carriage on the roadi 

Friday, Lay 13, 1938 Showers 

Yesterday the wife of the Ford dealer In Sudbury, Mrs, Charles E. 
Wallis, had a pleasant party here at noon time. She arranged a 
luncheon for members of the Art Lovers Club of Greater Boston. Mrs. 
Wallis has been a member of the Club for years; says that she enjoys it 
very much. The programs are all given by women within the Club. No 
outside speakers ever participate. Twenty were present. 

Today the lunenburg, Mass. Women's Club lunched in the large dining 
room at 12 o'clock and held a business meeting after lunch. 

Saturday, May 14, 1938 Cloudy and rain 

The busiest time of this whole day came between 8 and 9 o'clock 
in the morning. Professor Fisher's children from the Worcester Schools 
put in their usual Saturday morning appearance before the clock struck eight, 
Overnight guests were leaving_and there was a house full last night. All 
seemed to want to make an early start. Breakfasts were served and bills 
paid j luggage brought down stairs and a farewell made to the parting guest. 
Another school group arrived. This time from Vrillville, Mass. No sooner 
had the hostess started with the Millville children than another, smaller 
group of children appeared. All this in one hours time! 


Sunday, May 15, 1938 Southeast storm 

Miss Fisher went to the front door. There she found a smiling, 
good looking gentleman with a tiny little girl clutching his hand. 
The gentleman gave Miss Fisher a great, big wink. Then he asked: "Are 
there any wishing wells near here?" The small round face and blue eyes 
looked up to ;iiss Fisher with serious anticipation and questioning. The 
gentleman winked again, miss Fisher thought quickly of the well at the 
Parmenter Sisters house with its picturesque hood - and how one could look 
down - way down into the water and see one's own reflection. So the little 
girl and her father were directed to the "wishing well" at the Parmenter 
Sisters house. We haven't heard since, but we hope deeply that the "wish" 
will come true. 

Monday, May 16, 1938 Partly cloudy 

This evening about six o'clock an energetic attractive young woman 
came in and engaged rooms for overnight. She clasped hands with the 
hostess as if meeting a long lost friend. "Why, you were here when I came 
years ago. Do you remember the day that Amelia Ear hart came to the Inn ? 
I was here that very day!" The hostess remembered that Amelia Earhart and 
Mr, Putnam had once upon a time been guests here and with the help of the 
overnight guest, Kiss i.lattoon, the details of the visit came to light. It 
must have been about eight years ago. Mr. Putnam came to the desk to pay 
his bill. He said to the hostess, "Someday you are going to hear something 
very exciting and interesting about the young lady who has just gone out 
the door. The hostess and Miss :/iattoon, who happened to be in the room at 
the time, rushed to the window. Going down our front walk was a tall, good 
looking young lady with Mr, Putnam. Then we looked on our register book and 
found the name"Amelia Earhart. It didn't "lean anyth ng to us then. Not 
long afterwards, however, Miss iiattoon remembers that Miss Earhart wade her 
transatlantic flight. Miss ! t .nttoon is herself, an interesting person. She 
is the Director of Camp Kehonka at Wolfeboro, New Hampshire; the only girls 
camp founded and directed by the same person through 36 years. Miss ..lattoon 
is starting her 37th season. 

Tuesday, May 17, 1938 Partly cloudy 

The name intrugues us. It is called the '.jerry Weeders Club, this 
group of 18 women who lunched here th s noon. They ca.iie from Worcester 
and we were told that the club is all that the name implies. These women 
are fond of gardening, like to have their little city gardens and pull out 
weeds cheerfully and merrily. 

Twenty-five members of the Walpo^e, i«lass. Garden Club also had luncheon 
here today. Both garden clubs went on from here to see the "Garden in the 
Woods" a large wild flower garden in South Sudbury near the Framingham line. 
This is owned by a Mr. Curtis and is open to the public. 


Wednesday, May 18, 1938 Pleasant 

About once a week a Mr. -arks coines here for dinner; has been corning 
to the Inn for years. He is not usua lly very sociable. Bythat we mean that 
he is not talkative. He never volunteers information as to his business or 
his personal affairs. Once or twice he has shown some interest in the antique 
furnishings of the house. But generally Mr. Marks is quiet; eats his dinner 
and leaves immediately afterwards. Last night, however, Mr. Marks proved to 
be our most entertaining guest. He spoke most enthusiastically of Lr. Ford's 
"Back to the Farm" movement. He approves whole haartedly of Mr. Ford's ideas 
of small industries. Mr, 'Viarks has himself recently opened up a small plant 
in Dover, New Hampshire. He thinks thnt the only solution of the present 
economic problem is to have city people go back to the countryl He wishes 
that more and better publicity could be given the matter. Mr. *arks is a kindly 
little man. He said that he came to the Inn once when Mr, Ford was here; saw 
him and wanted to speak to him. "But", said Mr. Madcs, "I felt that I would be 
intruding end that very th;ng I did not want to do." 

Thursday, May 19, 1938 Partly cloudy 

Every one was sorry to hear today of the illness of Miss Demi lie's 
father. He is quite seriously sick and it is thought that pneumonia 
has develpped. Neighbors are helping and we have sent flov/ers and a 
blueberry pie. 

Friday, May 20, 1938 Cloudy 

During a "tour" of the Inn today, a Mr. Klttredge said that he could 
testify as to the truth of the story about the worn spot in the cupboard 
door of the Tap room. He ca^e to the Inn in 1876. At that time he was 
employed as an engineer on the first Boston waterworks. He used to walk 
over to the Inn from Fram Ingham, stay here for lunch and then walk back. 
A graduate of the massadhusetts Institute of Technology, Mr. Kittredge is 
on his way to celebrate the 61st anniversary of his graduation. His father 
walked from Salem to attend the laying of the corner stone of the Bunker 
Hill monument in 1824. 

Saturday, May 21, 1938 Pleasant 

Dancing classes were held as usual yesterday afternoon and evening- 

lwarjorie Li, attractive Chinese girl from Wellesley College was a 
recent dinner guest and spoke of her father's friendship with iir. Ford. 

Mrs. Cora Whitney Wetherell, 26 Howard St., Natick, Ma s. used to 
wait on table at the Inn when Mr. Seymour lived here n the 1880' s. She 
reports many picnic parties here at that time. 

Seven large school groups have visited the Inn during the past week. 


Sunday, Lay 22, 1938 

Mrs. Burrage of Weston, Treasurer of the 
Worn ens National Fari/i and Garden Association 
brought to the Inn tonight, Dr; W. H. Hay of 
Hay Diet fame. Dr. Hay was particularly in- 
terested in the diet practised by the boys 
in our school and went from here to the 
Calvin Howe house. Before leaving he regis- 
tered In our Special Guest book. He also 
spent some time in looking through the Inn. 

We are always pleased to find mention 
of the Inn in the Herald u.agazine. Here 
is an account of the Sap Bucket written by 
one of the boys tn our school. 

The names which appear below the 
printed word "Coolidge*' on the bucket 
pictured above are Calvin Coolidge, 1927; 
Grace Coolidge, John Coolidge, Henry 
Ford, Harvey Firestone, Thomas A. Edi- 
son, Edward P. (Duke of Windsor). 




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REPOSING on the wall of the bar 
at the Wayside Inn is a wooden 
sap bucket which in its prominent 
position arouses the immediate in- 
terest of all who stop to dine, or 
tour the inn. Some people would be 
likely to say, "What's so important 
about a sap bucket?" But even 
a quick glance at the bucket shows 
us that this is no ordinary sap 
bucket. This pail comes from the 
Coolidge farm in Plymouth, Vermont, 
birthplace of ex-President Calvin 
Coolidge; there it was used to collect 
sap each spring from the sugar maples. 
At the time of Mr. Ford's visit 
to the farm, he, the 
President, and Grace 
Coolidge signed their 
names on the bucket. 
Mr. Ford brought it 
to Dearborn, where 
several other notable 
persons have added 
their names to the 
bucket: the late 
Harvey Firestone, 
until I his death one 
of the greatest tire 
manufacturers in the 
country; Thomas A. 
Edison, the great in- 
ventor-scientist; Ed- 
ward, ex-King of 
England and now 
Duke of Windsor; 
John C. Coolidge, 

father of Calvin Coolidge. The 
names make the bucket a very in- 
teresting object to look at for those 
who know recent American history. 
— Carmino Longhi, Wayside Inn Bo»/.s' 


Monday May 23, 1938 Pleasant 

C. C. Ministers Club - Ladies Day 

24 in party 
Luncheon at 12:30 P. U. 
The ministers and their ladles arrived at 10 o'clock. A 
meeting wns held in the Small {fall room before luncheon. These are 
ministers who do special church work ai.iong students at Harvard College. 

Wells College Club of Boston 
14 in party 
Luncheon at 1 P. '. 
Mrs. H. G, Anderson who made arrangements for this party was 
surprised that we had ever heard of Wells College. Tt is located at 
Aurora, New York. 

Framingharr. Teachers College 
28 in party 
Dinner at 6:30 P. fit. 
We are well aquainted with this group. Whenever a teacher resigns 
or there is a special party to be held, the Wayside Inn is generally the 
chosen place for it. Mr, Connor, principal of the school is a fine man 
and comes to dine here frequently through the year. 

Tuesday, May 34, 1938 Partly cloudy 

Tuesday Class of Cambridge 
50 in party 
Luncheon at 12:45 P. U. 
This club held a meeting after luncheon in the large Ball room. 
Mrs. Whittemore, In charge of the party expressed sincere appreciation 
of the Inn, the luncheon and the service extended. 

Junior Aid Association 

of the Maiden Hospital 
35 in party 
Luncheon at 1:30 P. M. 
Mrs. i..atgeson, one of our regular guests, was instrumental in 
bringing this group to the Inn. Mr. and Mrs. ^argeson have a summer 
residence in Sudbury. 

Winthrop Bridge Club 

12 in party 
Luncheon at 1:15 P. 
These Bridge players did not want to play bridge'. They preferred 
to look through the hnuse after their hearty luncheon. 


Wednesday, May 25, 1938 Pleasant 

Belrcont Girl Scouts 
35 in party 
Tea at 3 P. M. 
After spending an hour or two looking through the house and around the 
grounds, these young ladies in their greenish-gray uniforms, enjoyed iced 
chocolate and sandwiches in the large d"ning room. 

Newton Garden Club 

19 in party 
Luncheon at 1 P. M. 
This group of ladies enjoyed their luncheon served on the porch. 
L-.ter they walked through the garden. 

Thursday, May 26, 1938 Cloudy 

In between the large parties recorded, we have entertained .-any smaller 
groups, soi"e parties of five or six - others of eight or ten people. The 
Gray Line Bus has brought a party of sight-seers every afternoon. There 
have been several school groups. Yesterday we were suddenly swarnped by 
St. 'iiarks students and their parents coming for luncheon. It was the day 
of the St. Iwarks — Groton ga^e. Among those who came yesterday was Mr. J. P. 
liarquand with his young son. Mr. u.arquand is winner of the Pulitzer prize 
for his novel "The Lr>te George Apley". 

Friday, Ivlay 27, 1938 Cloudy 

We had three particularly enjoyable parties today. First there was a 
Birthday party with cake and 16 candles thereon. The candles were in honor 
of a very elderly ladyi She was bright and chopper enough to appreciate the 
fun intended. 

In the evening it was our privilege that Mr. and Mrs. Charles U. Sullivan 
chose the Inn as the setting for their 50th Wedding Anniversary. Dinner was 
served in the old kitchen with white table cloth and candelabra in center. On 
either side of the candles, Allie arranged a lovely bridal-looking boquet of 
white flowers with one or two purple iris scattered in - Lady guests were 
dressed in light, long dresses. Afterwards they sat n the Parlor while the 
hostess told the story of the house. 

Our third party was of the niost Informal sort. Late 'n the afternoon, 
someone discovered that Mr. Sennott and ;,;r. P^riest, the dancing instructor 
were both celebrating a birthday, today. A large cake with "Happy Birthday" 
lettered in the icing was hurridly obtained. Between the first and second 
dancing classes - when all the boys were here, a small boy In white coat bore 
in the cake on a large pewter platter. Mr. Young graciously explained the 
situation - rcuch to the surprise of every one present , including 'r. Sennott 
and Mr. Priestl Then, aLiid much applause the cake was cut. Sharing in the 
surprise party was the Golden Wedding Anniversary group and several overnight 


Saturday, May 28, 1938 Pleasant 

Overnight guests are more numerous these days, Every room was 
occupied last night. 

Rev. William L. Stidger has resigned as morning preacher at the 
Morgan ivieraorial Church of All Nations, Boston. This is because of the 
pressure of other duties as teacher in Boston University, lecturer and 
radio preacher. 

A guest reported that two or three years ago, she visited the 
Redstone School. At that time she pulped up about 2 gallons of water 
f roc. the well at the school and carried it ho:i:e (near Taunton, !;ass.) 
The water stayed clear and sweet for about 2 weeks. Finally she put it 
on ice and drank it. She declared it to be the best water she had 
ever tasted. 

Miss Deiji lie's father* continues in about the saj;;e condition. His 
temperature remains at around 100° We hope that Miss DeMille with be 
able to corne to work on Monday, 

Here is a new way to spell "Antiques". 7^e have heard of a shop at 
Kennebunkport, iiaine called "Anne's Anteefts". 

Miss Fisher is thinking of starting a rose jar; rose petals from the 
old fashioned garden and from the roses brought every Saturday night by 
Mr. and Mrs. Bowker. 


Sunday, Kay 29, 1398 Partly cloudy 

This is the holiday week-end. Memorial Day cones to^ofcrow - 
which makes a long holiday week-end for working people. Thus 
many of our guests have been of the so-called working class. 
Also the day has brought several of the regular, all-year-round guests 
wh ^ are stay'ng "at home" and yet want a little recognition of the day 
by going out to dinner. Nearly two hundred and fifty dinner guests 
were served. In the late afternoon we were swarded visitors; 
large student groups and large family groups. One party of about twenty 
came from Dr. Kapp's church in Fitchburg. Dr. Kapp ia one of the 
younger "Fraters" in the Universal! st Retreat group. 

monday, May 30, 1938 Pleasant 

Mrs* Crawford Burton of New York and her mother i~rs. Harris 
left this morning after a visit of several days. Mrs. Burton has a 
remarkably large family - 5 boys and 3 girls. Three of the boys 
have been going along in St. Mark 1 8 School for the past three or four 
years. One boy is at Harvard. Every now and then Mrs. Burton comes 
from New York to see her boys. Then there are dinners here for 8 or 
10 - the boys and their friends. Yesterday morning there were 11 for 
breakfaBt. Mrs. Burton likes to give her sons a change from their 
regular school routine. Mrs. Harris is a very helpful grandmother. 
When she paid for their lodging and meals this morning, she remarked 
that she loves a large family; feels as if she should tske a large old 
house here in New England and gather her numerous grandchildren around 
her. Both ladies expressed enjoyment In coming to the Inn. Mrs. Harris 
spoke particularly of the birds and lovely wslks around the Tnn. 

Tuesday, May 31, 1938 Pleasant 

Miss Helen Leland, supervisor of Art in the Framinghan schools 
brought a group of youngsters to the Inn about three weeks ago. Every child 
had a piece of paper or a note book in his hand. Before the hostess could 
start her story, the children were busily engaged In .raking pictures. 
Household equipment around the fireplace seemed to be a favorite drawing 
subject. The hostess, as best she could, explained every piece of furniture. 
There were long pauses when pencils were busy In jott'ng down notes and 
making preliminary sketches. Miss Leland promised to send us Bone of the 
drawings when finished. They have just been received and we are pleased 
to put one in the Diary. We wish there was room for all of them. This one 
is an exterior view with Mr. Burgess, the artist, in the foreground dreaming 
about Longfellow' s Wayside Inn, 

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Wednesday, June 1, 1938 Partly cloudy 

We were thrilled with Mr. Larson's party this noon tine. It was a 
53rd anniversary dinner. It celebrated the graduation of the class of 
1885 from the Hudson, Mass. High School. Thirteen were present. Guests 
of honor were Miss Clara Belle Gleason, 77 years old and Mrs, Sarah B. 

Kenyon, 82 years old. Kiss Glaason was one of the high school teachers 
back in *85. Mrs. Kenyon was a grade school teacher. We have received 
a report saying that after luncheon this reunion class adjourned to the 
Redstone School wheie a mock school session was held. Classes continued 
for about an hour with recitations and board work. 

Thursday, June 2, 1938 Pleasant 

It is seldom that we have a titled person stay longer than for a 
meal. Tonight, however, we were privileged to have as a house guest, 
Lady Armstrong. She registered from Port Washington, Long Island. 
Evidently she married an English lord, but in her girlhood she lived 
in this country. She told us that her most intimate girlhood friend was 
the daughter of Mr- iiacKenzie who worked with Thomas Edison in developing 
the incandescent lamp. When Thomas Edison was searching for a wire, small 
and fine enough to use, Mr. LlacKenzie plucked a hair from his own red beard 
and offered it to Mr. Edison. Lady Armstrong said: "So you see, it was a 
hair from a Scotchman's beard that lighted the world!" When a child of 7 
years, Lady Armstrong talked into one of the first recording machines of the 
Edison phonograph. She we.ll remembers that Mr. Edison told her that someday 
she would see moving pictures! 

Friday, June 3, 1938 Pleasant 

About 35 guests; dinner and overn-ght guests adjourned to the large 
Ball room this evening. There they found the Boys School dancing class in 
progress. "Dos a Dos with your partner" care lustily forth as the dancers 
tripped through the singing Quadrille. The guests were entranced. They 
became so absorbed in w tching the execut ' n of the dances that there was 
not a stir among them. Miss Fisher and ^iss Dei ; . ille played the music lightly. 
It was as if the young people were taking great pride and care in every step. 
The c&y sound made by the on-lookers was when the time came for the dancers 
to promenade to their seats. Then there was a burst of spontaneous applause. 
A middle aged n;an approached the hostess. "Thats the finest thing I'v e seen 
for young people anywhere. Good, clean, wholesome enterta'nient." A wedding 
party, bridesmaids, ushers, bride and groom and the rjinister stayed on ^fter the 
Boys class and under the direction of Mr. Priest, the dancing master, enjoyed 
an old fashioned dancing party of their own. 


Saturday, June 4, 1938 Pleasant 

It was difficult to see anything but people 'n the Wayside Inn 
tonight. There were people everywhere. The dining rooms were filled; 
the Ball room was crowded; the hostesses were taking large groups through 
the house. The largest and Lost '.port ant party was that of a u:iss Mae 
Arthur. She was married n South Sudbury this afternoon and held her 
wedding reception here. Guests caae about 5 o'clock end supper was served 
half an hour later. This consisted of chicken a la King, ice creai: and cake, 
Places were set for two hundred. The Bride's table was dedorated with white 
and green. A l?irge wedding cake was placed in the canter. Bride and groo^ 
received their friends n a kind of alcove of cedar trees in the large Ball 
room. Against the trees were very large nose gays of garden flowers. 

The Bowkers - our regular Saturday night guests have just returned from 
a visit to New Hampshire and Vermont. Ihey brought the Wayside Inn a very 
lovely little hand blown glass bottle in which we are to put the Tom rhumb 
roses which they bring to us froir their garden every week through the 
summer. months. 


Sunday, June 5, 1938 Pleasant 

At 8:45 this aiorning we were surprised to have a car drive into 
the parking space and a little company of people approach the Inn. 
When they reached the front of the house only two ventured onto the 
front step j two women. -Finally they opened the door and spoke to the 
hostess. They wanted to buy a post card. Then the hostess asked if 
they would like to see the house. The younger lady hesitated, "Yes" she 
said, "but we ain't in the money much". It was suggested that, If they 
had the time, the Wayside Inn would be pleased to have the whole party 
come in as guests. After a little persuasion this was arranged. Thus 
six interested Indian-ers spent an enjoyable early corning hour at the 
Wayside Inn. 

f.ionday, June 6, 1938 Pleasant 

The Sornerville Catholic Women's Club cane aga ; n this year. Two 
years ago they held their annual outing at the Wayside Inn. Last year 
they went somewhere else. Today they were back here. In the afternoon card 
tables were placed in the large Ball room. Bridge whist was played unt'l 
dinner time. Then a hearty meal was served in the large dining room. T n 
the evening the party (115 in number) adjourned to the large Ball room again, 
miss Fisher and Miss De^ille ptaiyed for dancing. Mr. Priest, the danc'ng 
teacher came over from Stowe and helped In directing some old fashioned 

Tuesday, June 7, 1938 Pleasant 

The Reverend Robinette of Pawtucket, R. I. is an old friend. He 
is not so old in appearance but he has been coming to the Inn over a 
period of several years. Last year he told us a story which sounded like 
a fairy tale. It is true however, that,by the Will of one of Dr. Robinette' s 
parishoners he was left a large amount of money. Also a very large residence, 
He has told us the details of the story from Beginning to end and seems as 
pleased as a small boy with a new toy. This summer Rev. Robinette is go 4 ng 
to have a trip to Europe. Today at noon time, we were surprised to see this 
kindly gentleman come in with a party of sixteen - ladies from a little 
ehurch club. After luncheon most of the party hurried back to Pawtucket - 
having other engagements for the afternoon. 

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Tuesday, June 7, 1938 continued 

Twenty one members of the Hudson, Mass. Reading Club were luncheon 
guests today. 

A party this evening was that of the Arlington Teachers Club. This 
consisted of 91 teachers under the direction of Rev. Barrett of Sudbury. 
Rev. Barrett is minister of the Congregational Church in So. Sudbury 
and al3o teaches in the Arlington schools. He is a busy wan and 
apparently very efficient. He arranged a fine program this evening. Some 
old familiar songs were enjoyed after dinner. Then followed a lively 
speaker who kept the crowd in gales of laughter. 

Wednesday, June 8, 1938 Partly cloudy 

We were much pleased lately to meet a step-grandnephew of Thomas W. 
Parsons, Poet in the Tales of a Wayside Inn. The young man is descended 

from a sister of the Poet. He uan also claim connection by marriage with 
Luigi Monti, Young Sicilian of the Tales, because another sister of the 
poet married Luigi nionti. The young man's name was Mr. Robert r. B. 
^ateyard. He lives at ivioses Hill Farm, Haskmere, Surry, England. And a 
typical Englishman was he. [.lost courteous in his manner and perfect 
in speech. He wa3 called "Robin" by the two ladies who accompanied him; one 
h:s mother and the other a Boston friend. We have a little Information 
about Thomas W. Parsons in which Mr. Ilateyard is much interested. So we 
promised to send it to him. 

Thursday, June 9, 1938 Pleasant 

Today we entertained 60 members of St. Anne's " r .others Club from 
Somerville, uiass. They dined at 5 o'clock and played games, danced etc. in 
the large Ball room 'till 9:30. 

Lady Grenfell was a guest today. She arrived in time for dinner with a 
couple of young people. She recalled that the last time she visited the Inn 
she and Sir Wilfred were in the company of Mr. and Mrs. Ford. Lady Grenfell 
says that she is to be 'n Boston for a short time and plans to come to the 
Inn again before she leaves. 

Friday, June 10, 1938 Pleasant 

Just before the dinner hour and the dancing class ton'ght, our friends 
Mr. and Mrs. Harold S. Bowker of Worcester drove up to the front door of the 
Inn. In the back seat of their car was a large ash can. In it, submerged to 
their necks in w ter, were dozens of the largest, longest stemmed peonies we 
have ever seen. Most of them were of white «nd pink color. With the help of 
the hostesses the peonies were carried into the flower room and arranged in old 
pottery jugs and pewter mugs. A huge boquet wis placed on the musicians 
stand of the large Ball room. j.t will be remembered that Mr. and iirs. Bowker 

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Friday June 10, 1938 Pleasant 

brought us a gift of the very sane nature just a year ago. And we Eight 
add that Mr. and Mrs. Harold S. Bowker are not Mr. and Mrs. Carl Bowker 
who come to the Inn every Saturday night with roses. This was the last 
da ncing class night of the school year. Seniors of the Boys School 
enjoyed a dinner in the old dining room of the Inn before the dance. 
Llr. and ivlrs. Sennott , Mr. and Mrs. Young and all instructors of the 
school were present. 

Mrs. Ida Randall Simoneau from Los Angeles, California and a 
friend Mrs. Bolina B. B. Barney from Boston arrived this afternoon to 
stay a few days. 

Saturday, June 11, 1938 Pleasant 

Just before noon time today, S. W. .Raymond and her daughter 
Mrs. Audi reached the Inn after a trip from their homes in Michigan. 
They are comfortably setted In the Apartment. Mrs. Audi has recalled 
past visits to the Inn. Once she came while a student in boarding 
school. And again with her husband. She has announced a new member of 
her family. . 7 months old. Both Mra Raymond and Mrs. Audi are 
looking forward to a fine weeks res t . 


Sunday, June 12, 1938 Showery- 

tars. Ida Randall Simoneau is a charging guest. Today she has told 
us about her mother. Her mother tfaught Thomas Edison when he as a boy 
in school. She said that Mr, Edison, when a boy, was known in his home 
town of wiilan, Ohio, as Al Edison (pronounced with a long E) . He often 
sat at his desk and stared into space. When the teacher asked him what he 
was thinking »bout, his reply would be "Oh, nothing". Mrs. Simoneau has 
presen6ed tc Greafleld Village for the Edison Homestead several heirlooms 
belonging to her mother; a quilt and gold chain among them. fcrs. Simoneau 
spoke of Mr. Ford's schools in Greenfield Village and Greenfield Village 
itself. She thinks it is a wedge of Americanization in a disheaveled 
United States. She comes from Los Angeles, California and has a close-up 
of the movie colony there which does not, in Mrs. Simoneau' s estimation, 
contribute anything of vilue to the highfest ideals of America. A foreign 
element has come in wh ch has " <ioue,„ indescribable harm. Thus, . r . 
Simoneau is deeply sincere in her appreciation of the preservation of 
Americana. She is a sweet, lovely person; lovely to look at and a delight- 
ful guest. She plans to stop in Greenfield Village on her way West. 

Monday, June 13, 1938 Pleasant 

Another Englishman appeared today; tall, straight and good looking. 
He registered as taajor H . L. Young, St. Edmunds, Great Cormard, Sudbury, 
Suffolk, England. This gave us a great deal of excitement - to reet some- 
one from Sudbury, England! So we asked ./.ajor Young to tell us someth-'ng 
about our mother- town in the old country, He told us that it is a city of 
about 8,000 inhabitants. The occupation of the people is mostly farming and 
silk weaving. Some of the Coronation robes were woven in this city of 
Sudbury - where some of the finest weaving In England is done. A few of 
the weav ers do excellent handweaving as in olden times. There Is also a 
small industry of making mats and chair seats etc. from cocoanut fibre wh ; ch 
comes from India. The fibre, used in packing goods exported from ^ndia to 
England, is generally considered "waste"material. The Sudbury people have 
learned to make use of it, however, and have developed a small but profitable 
industry from the fibre, iiajor Young is no longer active in the Army, so is 
free to travel. He came to New York on the "Queen iv.ary" to visit a brother 
in Concord and is charmed with New England. He found the Inn of great interest, 
We brought out the History of Sudbury, Massachusetts and ^ajor Young spent 
some time in reading about our early settlers. Just as he was about to leave 
our guest said: "I've been wondering what I could send to you that would be of 
interest for the Inn. How would you like to have a Sudbury (England) coat- of- 
arms? And wouldn't it be nice if I could have one made for you by the expert 
silfc weavers of old Sudbury?" We thought that this would be very nice Indeed. 


Tuesday, June 14, 1938 Pleasant 

Tonight the Woburn Teachers group of 108 was the last of our large parties 
scheduled for this inonth. Large parties have been nore numerous the past two 
wonths than for several years. They keep us on our toesj making sure that every one of the 
fifty or a hundred guests is taken care of properly. If there are coats and outside wraps, 
then a room must be provided to take care of the:- 1 . The hostess and person "in charge of the 
group determine just when the party is to proceed to the dining roo::.. Thi3 depends on 
whether every guest has arrived and whether the kitchen and pantry are ready to serve. 
At last the word is passed around that the meal is ready. Then there is a kind of ja no 
around the dining roon. door, as hungary guests are eager to be fed! We are on the look- 
out for late arrivals. I hey are quickly taken n to the dimng room and dinner is 
served. Our regular guests often say: "Where are 111 the people?" The parking space is 
filled with cars and yet everything seems orderly and quiet here in the front of the 
house. It is a surprise when we explain that a hundred or more people are here - in 
the house - all being served in our d'ning room. 

Wednesday, June 15, 1938 Pleasant 

This evening our thoughts were not so much on the Inn as on the four boys in the 
Graduating class of the school. This was Banquet night. Everyone who could be spared 
went up to Button house to partake of a Turkey dinner and to hear the various 
Graduation speeches. Mrs. Raymond and Mrs. A udi, our house guests joined the party of 
nearly a hundred employees and friends. Hiss Del "lie and ": iss Fisher provided music. 
Vtewho stayed at the Inn were doubly busy. There were a number of overn'ght guests 
and late sight-seers to go through the house. Then the telephone rang. Two young ladies 
in Fra'nlngham had been forgotten. They wanted very much to attend the Banquet; had 
tickets. We made a flying trip and found three pretty girls 'most in tears. Aflying 
trip back and they were in time to enjoy at least an hour of the party. We learned that 
these young ladies have come every Friday evening to the Dancing class. Voluntarily 
and sincerely they spoke of how .vuch the dancing class had neant to them. One said: "I 
have looked forward to Friday night - every day through the school week. ccould hardly 
wai^T for Friday to come." Another said: ":.y parents have noved to New Hampshire and 
I will go there to live as soon as school is closed. I will miss, .ore than anything 
else, the Wayside Inn dancing class." 

Thursday, June 16, 1938 Partly cloudy 

Dr. loii.llnson died today. Exactly one year ago today, he was here, v : th us - as 
our Commencement speaker. He was here at the Inn he loved so well. He loved it and the 
Universalist Retreat with all his heart and soul. You could see it in his kindly, deep 
set eyes - as he sat on the settle and gazed into the open fire. Then he would be up 
to lay his hand gently on a f rater' s soulder - or to shake hands with a stranger. 
Always that large, portly figure was calm and serene. When Dr. lomlinson spoke, there was 
a depth of feeling and a sincerely of tone, a friendly twinkle in his eye, that made 

you feel humble and strong. You were in the presence of a great character. In 1957 
Dr. Tomlinson retired from his pastorate at the First Universalist Church in Worcester. 
He started on a trip around the World, did not expect to attend the Retreat th's yenr. 
Then came a report that he was ill - would cancel the rest of this journey and come home. 
There was considerable fun made at the Retreat concerning this. Was Dr. Torlinson 
really too ill to go on - or was his return due to the fact that he did not want to miss 

a Wayside Inn Retreat 1 (He had missed only one Retreat in 37 years - because of another 

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Thursday, June 16 continued ^* v 

trip around the World). But, thank God, he had that last Retreat. We, too, are more 
than grateful for the privilege of seeing him, having him with us for those memorable 
few days - days never to come again. 

Friday, June 17, 1938 Very pleasant 

It was like a family reunion - our Graduation Ball this evening. It was a 
Wayside Inn Reunion. The Graduates were here, of course, and all the boys from the 
School. Some of the boys who have graduated in foruier years came back. They looked 
manly and dignified. Then there were the n.en who work every day around the outside of 
the Inn. They ca^e with their ?/lves and children. We noticed the post-rr.i stress of 
the little South Sudbury Post office. Mrs. Wallis, our next door neigh\bor was here. 
EverybodQdy was dressed up and all the Ladies looked very lovely. Mrs. Edwards, 
matron at the school, wore a kind of Ilow'.ng gown of lavender. Harry Brlgham's 
orchestra played all the old tunes with a greatdeal of zest and liviliness. Harry 
Brlgham has played the old dance tunes for years, many at the Wayside Inn. We 
overheard someone say that Rose Marie Hoye was wearing her first evening gown. £he 
The guests joined the happy throung, too. Miss Fielding reports that a man and his 
wife who came to stay overnight were rather sorry they arrived on a party night. They 
were tired and weary. Somehow they found their wa y to the Hall room. At a late hour 
they were having the time of their lives. Everybody had a good tirr.e, there is no 
doubt about it, old and young. But we must not forget the Gradualis. After all, this 
was their very own party. Not a farewell party. They may go away- far away, but 
where ever they are - they will always belong to our Wayside Inn family. 

Saturday, June 18, 1938 Pleasant 

We learned from a newspaper that our overnight guests a&& a bride and groom. 
We hardly needed to be informed by the press. There were many evidences of a 
wedding when Mr. and Mrs. Wood arrived. Mrs. Wood was wearing a large, expensive 
corsage. Mr. Wood was over - concerned about the baggage'. And there were bags- 
galore - unusual for Regular overnight guests. The Bowkers care for dinner and 
recognized Mr. Wood as a young lawyer fr om Worcester who was uarried th's after 
noon to the girl of his choice in Rutland, Mass. The Bowkers brought a large basket 
filled with roses and an a^rmful besides . t was Mrs. Bowker' s suggestion that 
we share the roses with the Bride. So we put a large vase of the:; in her roou.. 
There was another overnight guest who seemed rather lonely - a young lady who cae 
alone on a bicycle from Newton. Some of the roses were placed in her room. As 
many as five pewter mugs and jugs were also filled ^"n the front part of the house 
with these lovely blossoms. 

Mrs. Raymond and Mrs. Audi left this afternoon after a week's visit. 


Sunday, June 19, 1938 Pleasant 

Lena, one of the pantry girls, waited on a party in the dining 
room at noon ti^e, a .mother, son and daughter. They sat near a window. 
Lena says that they ,.ere so intrigued by the birds they saw in the yard, 
that they simply had a wonderful time. Evidently they knew birds and 
named then: as they flew by the window. They could hardly believe t 
when they saw a big, wild crow fly right down ^nto the midst of a bunch 
of tame little chickadees. But he wonted his share of dinner, too. 
Emma, our cook, was there with her pan, scattering good things to eat. 
Then there was a family of grackles - another robi.n w'th her little ones, 
lots of blue jays and a red winged black bird. The guests were truly 
thrilled. V;h~t a un .que and charting entertainment for a luncheon partyl 

.onday, June 20, 1938 Pleasant 

A young lady in the Parlor attracted quite a good deal of attention 
this morning when she proudly displayed one of the cups ->nd saucers 
given to her by Madame Chiang Kai-shek. This was a lovely gesture on the 
part of the \dife of China's Generalissimo. She has presented members of 
her own Wellesley class and the present graduating class, each one, with 
a tea cup. The cup had a cover. It was a sweet, da'nty thng. Our guest, 
iiiss Thomas, told us th ;t there were eight different patterns. Hers was 
white with a pale pink flower decoration. 

Tuedsay, June 21, 1938 Pleasant, w-.r 

Everybody felt much concerned today about a dear old gentleman, a 
Rev. iuartin Lovering. Mr. Lovering is 85 years old. He came all the 
way from Plymouth, Mass. alone. Started early this morning and by train, 
trolley and bus, finally reached the Inn around noon. time. He brought 
with him a Howe geneology as a gift to Mr. Ford. This has been compiled 
by Mr. Lovering because he is a descendent of our Wayside Inn t 
represents two years of work. In Its present for:;: the work is done In a 
note book consisting of about 110 pages and all written : n long hand. 
Mr. Lovering takes the Howe family back to the 13th century. Tn connection 

with our landlord Ezekiel Howe, Mr. Lovering tells an interesting story. 

He says that during the Revolutionary War, while the siege of Boston was 
on, the British General Howe asked permission to come out to Sudbury to 
call on his relatives; said trip to be taken under military escort and a 
white flag. ThxS was arranged, but the v'sit was not to be published. 
Ihe two brothers William and Richard cane and xaue a plea to thetr Howe 
relations to remain loyal to the King. This was done in accord with 
instructions wh^.ch the K'ng had given General Howe. Ihe purpose f the 
visit fa led. Our Howe family regained true to the A^er'can cause. 

This story was gleaned by Mr. Lovering from his grandmother who was 
a daughter of Artemus Howe, couzin of Ezekiel Howe. 


Wednesday, June 22, 1938 Pleasant, war 

We felt honored, indeed, and flattered and all sorts of nice thngs, 
>Srhen a little group of 21 children marched Into the .nn this afternoon. 
They were from the Lincoln Junior High School in From Ingham. This is a 
school which has sent several groups to the inn this Spring. But this 
particular class had not been here before. The children were promoted this 
morning; no more school 'till September! Yet - and this La the flatter : ng 
part - they begged the r teacher to be allowed to stay on ' till afternoon 
so that they could come and v"! sit the Wayside inni We think this a pretty 
fine gesture for a class of boys and girls, .t puts a responsibility on us 
which we feel deeply. We must, of course, "live up" to our reputation and 
give these children a worth while picture of Longfellow's Inn. 

T ursday, June 23, 1938 Pleasant, warm 

A Mrs. Williams from Wales in England visited the Inn today. She 
saw many things Vihich she had used as a girl. Particularly in the 
Kitchen. She recalled having seen the tin kitchen or reflector ovetn, 
kettles hanging on the Crane and the Welsh dresser. She sopke of long 
stemned clay pipes and how she used to break the stems and use them to 
curl her hair oni Her grandmother owned the first clock in Wales, a 
black laquer one like the Sombre Clock in the Parlor. She said that her 
grandmother' s clock was so highly polished it could be used for s i irrorl 

An elderly gentleman told of watching his mother ase the "niddly-noddy" 
for winding yarn. He said that it required a great deal of dexterity to operate. 
He called it si ply a "reel". One of our hostesses says that the niddy 
noddy was sometimes called a "Squaw's Elbow" We like: 

"Niddy noddy, niddy noddy 
Two heads and one body" 

Friday, June 24, 1938 Very wan 

The picture of Lord Timothy Dexter' s house hangs In the Bar room, it 
is a great curiosity. Lord Timothy Dexter was not a real Lord. He felt 
like one and gave himself the title. In the picture can be seen h ; s < snsion is still standiii^in Newburyport, ...ass. Cxi front of it, In the fore- 
ground, is a row of wooden statues. These represented friends, statesmen, 
people whom ir. Dexter admired. There was a likeness of George the III, the 
statue of Liberty, Geroge Washington and two figures of Lord Tlr.othy Dexter 
himself i Guests often ask: "Where are the statues - are they still there?" 
Thex house is standing and we have heard that one or two of the statues, 
made of wood, were found in an old barn. Today we caie in contact w-'th a 

rs. Edith Adams, a guest. She whs formerly I.ilss Newman of Newburyport. She 
said that her Uncle, Saaiel Newman, wr-s given the statues from the Dexter 
estate. But they were given to him on the condition that he would chop the;: up 

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Friday, June 24, 1938 continued 

for kindling wood! Mrs. Adatris regrets now that her uncle was so 
honest that he carried out the agreement to a letter! 

Saturday, June 25, 1938 Very warm 

ss f 
as follows: 

Miss Fisher has gathered In aulte a bit of news this week. _t is 

A gentleman guest was a I r. Shah, a descendent of a real 
Persian Shah. Mr. Shah was married to a New England girl. At sometime 
in the past Mr. Shah spent 3 or 4 years working inthe Ford plants. He 
showed Miss Fisher a gorgeous ring, f l^ye hunred years old, a turqoise 
surrounded by diamonds. 

Mr, Ernst Hoffman, conductor of the Houston, Texas Symphony 
Orchestra, celebrated his Birthday here. He was surprised with a cake, 
holding 9 candlesl His wife and son shared in the fun of th's infor:.a 1 

Mr. Priest, our dancing master, came over fro:: Stow to see 

Miss Fisher recently. He told her that he has bought 1,500 acres of 

peach trees. He expects to take care of them himself and says he hopes 
"to break even". 


Sunday, June 26, 1938 Rain 

Nearly one hundred delegates attending the Physiotherapists 
convention in Boston came to the Inn in Bus loads this evening - to 
be served supper at 6:30 o'clock. This was en unusual occurance for 
a Sunday. We were sorry that a hard rain storm set in during the 
afternoon. By the tinie the guests arrived it was dark and dreary and 
pouring rain. Every thing was bright and cheerful Inside, however. 
The Physiotherapists enjoyed supper, then divided into three groups to 
be shown through the house. 

Monday, June 27, 1938 Ra'n 

Still raining. Lots of tourists have found their way here regard- 
less of the inconvenience of getting in and out of cars with and without 
umbrellas. Hiss de^iHe has compiled a list for us taken fron the 
Register Book. This gives peculiar na.;es recorded by our guests during 
the past week. All are surnames. Ihey are as follows: 













Tuesday, June 28, 1938 Rain 

More rain. Our guests are talking about the rain and ask if ] t will 
ever stop. We have cheerful fires alight in the fireplaces and guests 
are inclined to hover near them as they come in with damp clothing. The 
rain tends to make the house appear snore friendly and cozy. There is an 
old saying that "Misery likes company". Sometimes our guests look rather 
miserable when they dash in the front door on a rainy day. But they find 
here, others who have had the same unpleasant experience of jumping frorr. 
their car to the front step under p. newspaper or raincoat. A welcoie smile 
often eases the feeling of discomfort and soon our rainy day guests are on 
thert" way through the house - laughing and thoroughly enjoying themselves. 
When they leave, we offer an umbrella as protection to the parking space, 
many say that, while it was a teaptation not to stop at the Wayside inn, 
they are exceedinly glad they made the effort and feel amply repaid for do^ng 


Wednesday, June 29, 1938 Pleasant 

This evening we met an old friend Mr. Sam Bass Warner of Belmont, 
fcass. Mr. Warner comes tothe Inn fairly frequently through the year. He 
teaches at Harvard and is one of the kind of persons who seers to know 
every thing about everything. Once he gave us a long d^ scourse on the 
flint lock rifle. Afterwards he sent a typewritten page about it, son.e 
information he had secured froii: the Harvard Library. Tonight just at 
dinner tine, Mr, Warner appeared with his mother. He sat down In the 
Bar-room to wait for dinner and in the course of the conversation said: 
"There is one thing I wish could be done to the Wayside Inn ". We were 
inquisitive. " I wish that the modern shingles could be taken off the 
roof and hand split shingles put on", said Mr, Warner. Well, we were 
i^ore than pleased that the carpenters had just left. No ladders or staging 
marred the roof. So we hurridly took Mr. Warner out the front door to 
show bin our recently acquired hand split shingles. They met with 
Mr, Warner's whole hearted approval. We were as proud as a peacock of 
their. They look old and give the house a still older appearance. 

Thursday, June 30, 1938 Pleasant 

Overnight guests last night included a Dr. and krs. Von Piling of 
Poughkeepsie, N. Y. Dr. Von Tiling said that at one tune, he had 
attended Mr. Ford. 

While a hostess was showing the little pegged boots, an elderly 
gentleman interrupted the story saying enthusiastically "Why, I've made 
thousands of pairs of shoes like those!" The guests were thrilled to 
hear him explain the exact method of pegging shoes. 

When told that Paul Revere was a dentist, and that he made George 
Washington's false teeth, a South Carolina school teacher said that in 
Charleston is the only existing picture of George Washington painted when 
he had his own teeth. He looks much more kindly in this picture. The 
teacher added that her pupils who see the later portraits, think George 
Washington was a sten, mean man. 

Some little girls visited the Inn and said their aunt, Mrs. Thomas 
Brown of Dedham, once owned the sombre clock in the parlor. One of the 
little girls used to hide in the case of it. 

Friday, July 1, 1938 Rain and Pleasant 

Mr. and Mrs. Tribilsy of Elizabeth, New Jersey displayed a telegram 
which had been sent to them by neighbors. The neighbors visited the 
Inn last week on their way to i/iaine. The message read as follows: 

"Reached Scarborough tonight. Stopped off for lunch at Wayside Inn. 
Be sure to have lunch there - on me. Will settle later. Turn left 3 miles 
out of iviarlboro.".